Aside from the constant boom in transatlantic jets passing over Shannon Airport, which is just up the road, the rural area of ââBallycalla in County Clare is a place as peaceful as anywhere in this country. The occasional tractor rolls, cows bask in the fields, and the Fergus River passes to merge with the Shannon. Social life is concentrated around St Conaire Church and the Honk Bar.
Inishmacnaghton is one of many spellings for this 285-acre island of Co Clare, which has seen many variations including Inchevicknaghten, Enishmcnaghten, and Inish MhÃ©ic Neachtain. It is a flat island, exclusively agricultural, and rich in alluvial soils of the river. A short causeway connects it to the mainland, but is only accessible at low tide. A lonely house stands there today, like the little house on the meadow. However, the population was 12 in 1841.
2 km west of Shannon Airport, but privately owned.
logainm.ie; âAn Officer and a Spy,â Robert Harris, Arrow Books, 2014.