Tory Islanders

ETHNONYMS: Oilean Thoraighe, Torach, Tor Inis (archaic)


Three settlements are named for their respective locations: West Town, Middle Town, and East Town. West/Middle Town, with 42 households, has the harbor, the church and church hall, the graveyard, the school, and the two shops. East Town, a little more than a kilometer away, has none of these. Each township's fields surround it in long strips. Beyond these are the peat bogs (largely exhausted) and the grazing land.

See also Gaels (Irish)


Fox, Robin (1978). The Tory Islanders: A People of the Celtic Fringe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hamilton, J. N. (1974). The Irish of Tory Island. Studies in Irish Language and Literature, vol. 3. Belfast: Queen's University of Belfast.


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