Comharchumann Oileán Árainn Mhóir, Arranmore Island, County Donegal, Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way - Slí An Atlantaigh Fhiáin

Beaver Island Monument

Monument symbolising links with Beaver Island at Arranmore Island, County Donegal
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For many generations a bond has existed between Arranmore Island, Co. Donegal and Beaver Island in the USA. Although physically separated by the Atlantic, the two islands are inextricably linked. These links were forged during the years of the Great Hunger when hordes of people fled from all parts of Ireland to escape poverty and starvation and emigrated to the USA. Many of those who emigrated from along the Rosses shores and islands, made their way to the shores of the Great Lakes in the USA where they settled and made new lives for themselves. The colonisation of Beaver Island by those early Irish settlers is evident from the map of Beaver Island with so many place names bearing the surnames of those early settlers.