Fancy owning a private island off the unspoilt coasts of Ireland? Well now you can choose between three beautiful private islands with all their historical glory to have as your own.
Even with Ireland's crippling economic downturn you can still buy a private Irish island for the same price as a 2 bedroom terraced house in Dublin city. Three of Ireland's many islands are on sale at privateislandonline.com, a website aimed at the rich and famous.
Mannions Island located in picturesque Dunmanus Bay, West Cork is on sale for €150,000, that's $219.446. The island is within 200 metres of the shore where there is a newly constructed pier and is walking distance from Durrus Village. The website also adds that the island is approximately 60 percent fertile and south facing with a small sheltered cove to the east of the island. There is no house, building or ruin on this four-acre Island.
Another Irish island on view at this ‘private islands for sale’ website is Island Mor in Clew Bay, Co. Mayo which is 70-acres and up for sale for the asking price of €902.000 ($1,320.000). Clew Bay is a natural ocean bay with Ireland's best examples of sunken drumlins which are islands formed from glacier movements during the first ice age.
There are stunning views of the Inish Gort lighthouse and the surrounding North Mayo Mountains and Croagh Patrick holy mountain from the island. The natural shape of this island bestows a well protected natural cove and a secure mooring place for boats. It also has its own pier, its own fresh running water and has electricity in place.
Mutton Island is also up for sale and is situated one mile off Seafield Harbour on the West Coast of County Clare. It lies 10 miles south of the Cliffs of Moher and 20 miles south of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. The east of the island contains the ruins of two cottages, a disused graveyard and the site of a cross and oratory as well as several walled fields. This 185-acre gem of grassland with a freshwater lake and several spring water wells is going for an undisclosed sum.
Interestingly, by 548 AD, the first recorded building was erected there by St. Senan who built a church and founded a monastic settlement while on his way from the Aran Islands to the Shannon Estuary.
According to tradition, Mutton Island gets its name from the sheep that landed there off a wrecked Spanish Armada Ship called the Zuniga which floundered on its coast in 1588.
In the early 1700s, it was used for wine and tobacco smuggling with a telegraph watchtower and keep built by the coastguard to keep vigil for a French invasion that never happened.
Since then, Mutton Island has had a quiet pastoral history as a self-sufficient continually inhabited island supporting up to twelve families, the last of whom left in 1948.
Let the bidding begin!