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Inishbofin
Native name:
Inis Bó Finne
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Inishbofin as seen from Machaire Rabhartaigh, with Tory Island visible in the distance, October 2011
Geography
Location Atlantic Ocean
Area 1.2 km2 (0.46 sq mi)
Administration
Province Ulster
County Donegal
Demographics
Population 11 (2011)

Inishbofin (Inis Bó Finne in Irish, meaning Island of the White Cow) is an island off the coast of Machaire Uí Rabhartaigh (Magheraroarty), County Donegal, Ireland.

Geography

The island is a 120-hectare (300 acre) land mass, with an economy traditionally based on fishing and farming. Irish is spoken routinely. There are no pubs or shops on the island. There is a boat service to and from it but no regular ferry.

It is the largest of a small group of islands; the others, Inis Dúiche and Inis Beag, lie to the north and are uninhabited.

Demographics

Inishbofin's population dropped in 100 years from 166 (1911) to 11 (2011).

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1841 121 —    
1851 122 +0.8%
1861 150 +23.0%
1871 125 −16.7%
1881 139 +11.2%
1891 146 +5.0%
1901 150 +2.7%
1911 166 +10.7%
Year Pop. ±%
1926 136 −18.1%
1936 138 +1.5%
1946 139 +0.7%
1951 120 −13.7%
1956 102 −15.0%
1961 117 +14.7%
1966 98 −16.2%
1971 103 +5.1%
Year Pop. ±%
1979 69 −33.0%
1981 46 −33.3%
1986 6 −87.0%
1991 3 −50.0%
1996 24 +700.0%
2002 16 −33.3%
2006 36 +125.0%
2011 11 −69.4%
Source:

The table reports data taken from Discover the Islands of Ireland (Alex Ritsema, Collins Press, 1999) and the Census of Ireland. Census data in Ireland before 1841 were not complete and/or reliable.

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