The August bank holiday passed in a flurry of diving activities. Highlight of the weekend had to be Sunday’s Adventure Day Trip to Inis Boffin. Divers loaded up at Cleggan Pier, and departed swiftly for the first dive of the day at Mweelandhu; a submerged pinnacle with sheer drops to thirty five metres. All diver interests were accounted for, with both pretty overhangs and depth available. Inquisitive seals lounging on the surface oversaw buddy checks before divers rolled in. The entire of Inis Boffin and its surrounding dive sites are steeped in history. A poignant reminder of the region’s legacy is the now deserted ‘Inishark’. On a sunny day in October 1960, this once bustling island was emptied of its remaining inhabitants. The tiny island community had been defeated by the merciless Atlantic ocean. Any semblance of a future meant moving lock, stock and barrel to the mainland.
Breffni brought divers into Boffin’s main harbour for lunch. Sandwiches and soup digesting, divers were brought to the 17th century Cromwellian fort, which guards the entrance to the harbour. The Cromwellian regime built this imposing and wonderfully intact Star-Shaped artillery fort , circa 1656. It is known locally as Cromwell’s Barracks. We like to sprinkle our dive trips with some history!
Second dive of the day was at Dun na hIonaine (Fort of the Sisters). This pretty wall dive offers depths of thirty metres, and showcases the best of Ireland’s offshore diving.
Underwater photos courtesy of Patrick Rooney, thanks as always Pat!!