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Long Island
Native name:
Inis Fada
Geography
Location Long Island Bay
Area 1.8 km2 (0.69 sq mi)
Administration
Ireland
Province Munster
County Cork
Barony Carbery West
Demographics
Population 20 (2016)

Long Island, historically called Inishfada (Irish: Inis Fada, meaning long island), is an island that lies south of Schull, County Cork, Ireland. It has a permanent population of no more than 10. The island is named for being 4.8 km (3.0 mi)long and only 0.8 km (0.5 mi) wide. It is the third largest of Carbery's Hundred Isles at 1.8 km2 (0.7 sq mi), after Sherkin Island and Clear Island. The island’s most distinctive landmark is Copper Point lighthouse at its eastern end, marking the entrance to Schull Harbour.

Long Island - geograph.org.uk - 252068
Long Island - geograph.org.uk - 252068

History

In the 1840s the island had over 300 inhabitants, and the remains of this can be seen by the abandoned cottages and ruins that are left behind.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1841 305 —    
1851 254 −16.7%
1901 175 −31.1%
1911 143 −18.3%
1926 119 −16.8%
1936 95 −20.2%
1946 81 −14.7%
1951 74 −8.6%
1956 52 −29.7%
1961 47 −9.6%
Year Pop. ±%
1966 40 −14.9%
1971 39 −2.5%
1979 38 −2.6%
1986 18 −52.6%
1991 11 −38.9%
1996 9 −18.2%
2002 12 +33.3%
2006 5 −58.3%
2011 10 +100.0%
2016 20 +100.0%
Source:

Services

Long Island has a surfaced road on part of the island, and an overgrown road extends to an old copper mine. Farming is the primary economic activity on the island. There is a regular ferry service from Colla Pier to the island, operating 5 days a week during the summer months and three days a week during the winter months. Long Island is supplied with mains electricity from the mainland through a submarine power cable.

Geography

Situated in Long Island Bay, Long Island is 4.8 km (3.0 mi)long and 0.8 km (0.5 mi) wide. It lies 600 metres (1,969 ft) from Colla Pier which is 3 km (2 mi) west of Schull. The body of water parting it from the mainland is called Long Island Channel. It is accessible only by boat.

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