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Capel Island
Native name:
Oileán an Cháplaigh
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View from the sea
Capel Island is located in island of Ireland
Capel Island
Capel Island
Location in island of Ireland
Location Atlantic Ocean
Coordinates 51°52′57.36″N 7°51′11.88″W / 51.8826000°N 7.8533000°W / 51.8826000; -7.8533000
Province Munster
County Cork
Population 0

Capel Island (Gaeilge: Oileán an Cháplaigh) is a small island in County Cork, Ireland located a short distance from Knockadoon Head, near Youghal.


Capel Island and Knockadoon Head were legally protected as a national nature reserve by the Irish government in 1985. Most of the reserve, 314 acres (1.27 km2), is owned by the state, with a small part in private ownership 40 acres (0.16 km2). The reserve includes Capel Island, Knockadoon Head and the area of sea between.

The tower on the island is an incomplete 19th century lighthouse. The island is home to a herd of goats.

A story is told of how the island got its name. There was a swimming race to reach the island for ownership. As one man was about to touch land the other reached forth his sword and pipped him at the post. A name associated with this story is De Capel Brookes.

Permission from BirdWatch Ireland is required in order to land on the island.

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