Islanders: The True Story of One Man's Fight to Save a Way of Life

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Tory Island lies ten miles off the coast of Donegal, a place of bleak but captivating beauty, where Irish is a living language and a rich island heritage can be traced back to the days of St. Columba. Yet when Diarmuid O Peicin, a Jesuit priest, first visited Tory in 1930, he was shocked by what he found -- no sealed roads, fuel or piped water, and a population haunted by rumors from the mainland.

He became the island's priest, determined to improve the island's amenities and fight the poorly conceived plans of the local government. Opposed by the authorities, and at considerable personal cost, he began a campaign for Tory and other inhabited islands of the Irish coast. His crusade has taken him to the European parliament and to America.

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The story of an Irish priest's fight to help the persecuted people of an island off Ireland's west coast. Father Diarmuid O'Peicin found the islanders of Tory Island, living in appalling conditions. He became their priest and campaigner, fighting against the plans to shut down the island.

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Tory Island lies ten miles off the coast of County Donegal in western Ireland. It is a place of bleak but captivating beauty, where Irish is a living language and a rich island heritage can be traced back to the days of St Columbia. Yet when Diarmuid Ó Péicín, a Jesuit priest, first visited Tory in 1980, he was shocked by what he found. No sealed roads, fuel or piped water, and a population haunted by rumours from the mainland.

He became the island’s priest, determined to improve amenities and fight the poorly conceived plans of the local government. Opposed by the authorities, and at considerable personal cost, he began a campaign for Tory and for the other inhabited islands of the Irish coast. His crusade has taken him to the European Parliament and to America, and has captured the imagination of the media.

Passionate, shocking and uplifting by turns, 'Islanders' is Diarmuid Ó Péicín’s account of the events of Tory Island. It tells the story of an embittered but courageous community who were not prepared to give up on their home or their heritage – and a remarkable man who gave them the strength to fight.

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