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Aran Mor

The Aran Islands, Ireland
Deirdre Hayes

The Aran Islands are one of the few places in Ireland where the Irish Language is still spoken and traditional irish life can still be seen. These intricate dry stone walls, characteristic of the island, have held up for hundreds of years despite the wind and harsh weather.
Tourism is now a major source of income for the island, this enterprising local boy is playing traditional irish music to entertain tourists and make a bit of money. Most of the local kids will move away when they are older.
There are very few cars on the Island and a horse and trap is still used as a form of transportation. The thatched cottage in the background used to be found all over Ireland, and a few still remain on the island
The best thing about Ireland is the easy charm and humour of the irish, this local driver was happy to tell us about life of the island where he grew up.
Religion has always played a large part in Irish life, and this celtic cross is one of many Christian symbols on an Island full of ancient relics and steeped in folklore.

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