Coney Island, in County Sligo, is approximately 1½ miles long by ¾ mile across and is so named because of the vast quantity of rabbits which can be spotted there at any time.
In 1862 the island had a population of 124 people, with 45 children attending the local school. The island now has only one family of permanent inhabitants, who can trace their history on the island back to the 1750s.
Visitors to Coney Island like to visit Carty’s Strand, the secluded beach to the rear of the island, or walk around the island to spot ‘fairy forts’, the remains of ancient stone circles and hill forts. Other sites of interest include St Patrick’s Well, as well as his wishing chair.
Visitors should check tide times locally.
You will need waterproof shoes or boots if you intend to walk across the causeway to Coney Island.