Inis Oírr - The Jewel of the Aran Islands
A New, Unique Photobook on Inis Oírr

Introduction to the Photobook "Inis Oírr - The Jewel of the Aran Islands"

Inis Oírr, the smallest and most easterly of the Aran Islands situated at the mouth of Galway Bay, Ireland is world-renowned for its captivating beauty. Inis Oírr - The Jewel of the Aran Islands is a new, unique photobook, which documents Inis Oírr from 1971 through to the present day and offers an intimate look into what makes Inis Oírr such a treasured destination. From its warm-hearted people and rich history to its breath-taking landscape and vibrant cultural life, the island of Inis Oirr is a celebration of both heritage and progress.

Inis Oírr - The Jewel of the Aran Islands presents the island's stunning landscape, historical and archaeological sites and the charm of everyday life. The photobook's fascinating images highlight the hardworking islanders and their visitors and showcase the diverse aspects of the island's economy and infrastructure from traditional fishing to modern tourism. They also show the reader how the island's physical infrastructure and built environment has changed over the years.

Discover the evolution of transportation both on and to the island from humble donkeys and currachs to modern vehicles and fast passenger ferry boats. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Inis Oírr through images of its music, arts and sporting events. Special moments are captured in this exquisite photographic journey, which offers the reader a deep connection to the heart and soul of the island of Inis Oírr.

As you turn the 256 pages of Inis Oírr - The Jewel of the Aran Islands, which features 272 captivating photographs, you will be transported through the photography of Michael O'Flanagan to the enchanting world of Ireland's most visited off-shore island, where the past and present intertwine to create a truly unforgettable experience.

Inis Oírr - The Jewel of the Aran Islands is a photographic tribute to the island's beauty, its resilience and spirit. Let this photobook be your guide as you explore the wonders of Inis Oírr and fall in love with this magical island - if you have not already!


Published by Mercier Press, "Inis Oírr - The Jewel of the Aran Islands" is available from all good bookshops and tourist gift shops and directly from the publisher.