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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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4 comments on Shipwrecks

  1. Siobhan O’Connell


    My 12yr old son who attends 6th class in Scoil Chriost Ri school in Ennis, is doing a national school project. His chosen subject is the sinking of the SS WARNER Q-27 off Loophead in March 1917. I was wondering if you would have any information on this subject that would be of help to him. You can contact me by the email given or by phone 0868757571.

    Yours truly,
    Siobhan O’Connell.

  2. Cyril Donahue

    Are you sure the Intrinsic shipwrecked in 1836? I’ve from Miramichi, New Bunswick, Canada and I’m sure the Intrinsic was built here in 1847 and that it is indeed the ship to which Intrinsic Bay gets its name …. Coincidentally, the master builder, John Harley, emigrated from Cork in 1823.

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