The Aran Islands - Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer - lie thirty miles off the coast of Western Ireland. Although tourism is beginning to encroach on Inishmore, the largest island, Aran remains a place where time has stood still. The islanders speak both Irish and English, and on Inishmaan the older people wear the traditional multi-colored shawls and belts. The people are a mixture of friendliness and reserve, and welcome tourists to this very special place. Kathy Curtin and George L Smyth visited these islands in September 1995, and these are their memories
Photography by George L Smyth, text by Kathleen Curtin
Thatched cottages like these are no longer used as homes, but they give the Aran Island landscape its distinctive look.
Work Is Done
It is possible to wander Inshmaan all day and not see another person. We travelled over most of the island before meeting this man and his friend returning from a hard day's work.