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Over the centuries, scores of ships have met a watery end off Loop Head, on both the Atlantic coast and in the Shannon Estuary. In 1836, the Intrinsic, bound for New Orleans, sank along with her crew of 14 in a bay near Bishop’s Island in Kilkee. The wreck site is now called Intrinsic Bay. Fifty years later to the day, the Fulmar sank north of Kilkee. Seventeen crew members were aboard, but only one body was ever recovered.

The Edmond, a passenger vessel sailing from Limerick to New York sank at Edmond Point near Kilkee in 1850. Of the 216 on board, 98 drowned. The Okeanos, a Panama steamer, ran aground at Kilcredaun point, near Carrigaholt, in 1947. At low tide, you can still see part of the ship lying there. In 1906, the Morven was wrecked at Horse Island near Kilbaha. Its giant anchor can be found on display in the village.

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