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Mutton Island
Native name:
Oileán Caorach
Mutton fort.jpg
Fort on Mutton Island
Geography
Location Atlantic Ocean
Area 0.9698 km2 (0.3744 sq mi)
Administration
Province Munster
County Clare
Demographics
Population 0

Mutton Island is an uninhabited island in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of County Clare, Ireland, about 1.5 km (0.9 mi) from the mainland. The nearest village is Quilty, which is roughly 3.5 km (2.2 mi) from the island.

It is used mainly for grazing sheep, and is host to several abandoned houses and two forts.

There is no public ferry service to the island, on which there is no jetty or boat slipway. It contains no roofed buildings, but there is a limited supply of fresh water.

History

The island was populated as late as the 1920s and is believed to have been part of the mainland until the year 804.

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