Tributes paid to last man to live on Inchbofin Island on Lough Ree

Tributes have been paid to the last inhabitant of Inchbofin Island on Lough Ree who passed away this week.

John Connell who had lived all his life on the island passed away this week having become ill last summer.

Mr Connell and his late brother had farmed on the island for several years and had also fished as part of making their living over the years.


The air corps helicopter had dropped fodder on the island in the harsh winter of 2010.

Liam Finnegan from the Newtowncashel area spent some years as a tour guide to the islands on the lake and visited Mr Connell a number of times over the years….