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Beginish

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noun - Beginish (Beag Inis) means small island.

Beginish (from Irish: Beiginis, meaning "little island") is one of the Blasket Islands of County Kerry, Ireland. It is a low-lying island (14 meters) in Blasket Sound, between Great Blasket Island and the mainland. It has a large colony of Arctic Terns. The island is also the main birthing site for Grey Seals. There is at least one other island in County Kerry called Beginish: it lies at the mouth of the river Fertha about 1 km from Valentia Island. It was previously inhabited until c.1995 by the Casey brothers but the two houses are now only used in summer.[citation needed] The Island lies to the north of Valentia Harbour.

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The Beginish Island Swim is a 6.43 km open water swim, counterclockwise around Beginish Island, a small uninhabited island lying immediately to the north Valentia Island, Co. Kerry. in Ireland It is organised by Valentia Island Triathlon Club and is sanctioned by Swim Ireland. About 80 swimmers take part each year and the event sells out early... its exposed, tidal and scary but the knees up afterwards in The Royal Hotel make it all worthwhile! Show less

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