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Duvillaun Island

 

Dive 1
 
 Cove is 300m in length and 50 Meter wide . 10m deep at the inside and runs out to 30m the wall on the west side is the best with anemone of all different colour wallpapered across ifs full face. Visibility is usually 10m plus here. Nudibranchia appear on the anemone at different times. At the mouth of the cove lots of new boulder have fallen down every year after the winter storms.
 
Dive 2
About the same size and dept as  dive1 but stones on the inside and 6m high out crops  which are very smooth. Got about 20M vis here march 2002 lots of wrasse swimming around chasing food or just playing.
 
  Duvillaun Island
Walls along here go from about 35M to the surface, Lots of cracks and rocks to check out the inhabitants. Lots of Lobster, Spider crabs and some Congers to be found.

 Dive 3

 This is a  rock about 50 M from the island. You have  to get the tide right on this one 6 knots going through here.
Lots of boulder on the bottom abundance of fish swimming around and anemone of all different colour on the wall.
 
There is a cave going through the Rock the rocks is about 50M wide and around 60M high. The cave is shallow going through the rock and continue in to a gulley walls about 10 M wide going to about 30M deep to the West and opens out in to a 30M diameter pool at the end with gullies leading off this.
 


The Duvillaun Islands are also of ornithological interest for their colonies of breeding seabirds and wintering geese. They hold the second largest colony of Great Black-backed Gull in Ireland (217 pairs during 1985-87). Other nationally important colonies include Cormorant (185 pairs), Shag (30-50 pairs), Fulmar (500 pairs), Common Gull (20-50 pairs) and Black Guillemot (80 individuals). Large numbers of Herring Gull are also found (300-400 pairs) (all figures are from 1981). Storm Petrel occur on Duvillaun More (14 colonies in 1966, total numbers are unknown, but probably at least 100 pairs).

The islands are also used as a wintering ground for internationally important numbers of Barnacle Geese (420-450 individuals in 1988), which interchange with the largest Irish population on the nearby Inishkea Islands.
 
The island was abandoned after the turn of the century. In the 1821 census there were 19 living on the island, and a community existed here up to at least 1917. The ecclesiastical remains are of a small anchorite settlement being an eremitic establishment of the 6th to 10th centuries. The square ruin is a killeen, with childrens' graveyard. A carved flat stone depicts a Greek crucifixion. Well worth the visit.

The Duvillaun Islands comprise a group of marine islands, rocks and reefs 3 km off the southern tip of the Mullet Peninsula, Co. Mayo. The main islands included are Duvillaun More, Duvillaun Beg, Turduvillaun, Gaghta Island, Keely Island and Leamareha Island.

The Duvillauns form part of a larger group of islands, together with the Inishkeas, Inishkeeragh and Inishglora, which hold an important breeding population of Grey Seal, an animal listed on Annex II of the EU Habitats Directive. Estimates in 1995 for the total minimum population of this assemblage put the number of animals in the range 539-693, about a third of the known breeding population in Ireland.

Approximately two-thirds of Duvillaun More is covered by grass, and the island is grazed by sheep and rabbits. The other islands support little or no vegetation. The main threat to the Grey Seal population at this site is from illegal culling; nesting birds would be vulnerable to disturbance during breeding.

 

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