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Typical Irish coastal scenery under typical Irish weather, a mix of heavy cloud cover and occasional sunny break, and plenty of wind. Taken late afternoon after a cold rainstorm. There are even a few sheep in the picture that got zapped by NeatImage into tiny white imperfections. This is the south coast of Achill Island along a narrow scenic road that had a lot more sheep than cars. About the island:

Achill Island (Acaill; Oileán Acla) in County Mayo is the largest island off Ireland, and is situated off the west coast. It has a population of 2700. Its area is 57 square miles (146 square kilometres). Achill is attached to the mainland by Michael Davitt Bridge, between the villages of Achill Sound and Polranny, so it is possible to drive onto the island. This is a swing bridge which allows the passage of small boats. A bridge was first completed here in 1886, and replaced by the current structure after World War II. Other centres of population include the villages of Keel, Dooagh, Dooega and Dugort. The island's football pitch and two secondary schools are on the mainland at Polranny. Early settlements are believed to have been established on Achill around 3000 BCE. A paddle dating from this period was found at the crannog near Dookinella. The island is 87 per cent peat bog.

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