Achill

Achill ăk´ĭl [key] [Irish,=eagle], island, 56 sq mi (145 sq km), Co. Mayo, W Republic of Ireland the largest island of Ireland. It is connected with the mainland by a bridge over Achill Sound. The rugged island is barren there is fishing and subsistence farming. Many small villages are resorts Keel and Doogort are the chief towns. Achill is known for its magnificent cliffs Slievemore, at the north end, rises to 2,204 ft (672 m).

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