Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands, is a Gaeltacht, an enclave of Gaelic speech and tradition.
During our visit, we were greeted by Deidre Ni Chinneide, a Dubliner who has taken up island living and the cause of preserving Celtic culture and spirit, largely through music. Her CD, Celtic Passage, is haunting and exquisite.
As in much of Ireland, the remains of early churches serve as reminders of times long past.
As a tourist destination, horse drawn carts, as well as bicycles, serve as common modes of transportation.