WATCH: Lambay Island


Lambay Island - a little piece of paradise off the east coast of Dublin - is home to a vast array of wildlife including the wallaby - an Australian native.

Introduced to the Island in the 1980s from Dublin Zoo, wallabies have efficiently adapted to our wild Irish climate by growing additional fur. They roam freely across the island during the day and bed down amongst the island furs during the night.

Seven wallabies were initially introduced to Lambay; it is now home to over 150 furry friends.

Lambay boasts an abundance of different wildlife such as 50,000 guillemots in the summer, kittiwakes - which nestle down on the entire back of the island in the winter - the great black-backed seagull, gannets and pheasants.

The Island is also renowned for the largest seal colony on the east coast of Ireland where the common and the grey seal spend their days relaxing on rocks and swimming in the chilly waters.

The island is also famous for its Lambay meat where both beef and lamb are farmed all-year-round and transported to the mainland by boat.

The Baring family bought the island in the early 1900s and continue to reside here. The island is steeped in history and has been occupied by people for six or seven thousands years. One of the latest discoveries was a stone axe factory dating back to the Neolithic era.

There are a number of beautifully designed buildings to be found on the island - a castle, a church, a guesthouse, coast guard cottages, outhouses, gardens all enclosed within the double-layered circular walls.

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