After the rain
Take a stroll with me down the lane to Trá Crua. It’s not usually this soggy but Sherkin Island has had more than its fair share of rain in recent months. According to the February issue of the excellent Sherkin Island Newsletter, Sherkin Island’s Marine Station reported January’s rainfall at 180.7mm, with 153.0 mm falling on 12 days, making the month the seventh wettest January at the Station since the first January records were recorded in 1973.
It is hard to believe that this grassy laneway was once one of the Island’s main roads, leading to Trá Crua (literally meaning ‘hard beach’), a lovely rocky cove where islanders used to set sail across a treacherous stretch of water (the Gascanane Sound) to neighbouring Cape Clear Island (Oileán Chléire).
It was the shortest distance between the islands but full of dangerous currents and to this day, is avoided even by experienced sailors. Legend has it that there was a ‘Sibín’ located down on Trá Crua, an illicit bar where those returning to Cape Clear often had to hole up while waiting for the tide to turn or weather conditions to improve. I am guessing that quite a few Sherkin Islanders were kind enough to keep them company…
Wish it was still there as it’s almost a two mile trek to the island’s two real pubs from the cottage!