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Human Remains Taken from Inishbofin Returning Home : Inishbofin Island


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Human Remains Taken from Inishbofin Returning Home

July 16 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Inishbofin graveyard

The human remains that were stolen from Inishbofin Island are finally going to be returned home. The long process of getting these remains back to where they belong is almost over.

We applaud the board of Trinity College, University of Dublin for making the decision to correct this historical injustice and thank the colonial legacies team for supporting the return and burial of our ancestral remains.

To mark this moment, a reburial ceremony for the stolen skulls will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, 16th of July. The remains will arrive to Inishbofin on the previous day. Many have been waiting for this day for a long time. It’s a step toward healing and honouring these people who were laid to rest on Inishbofin.

We want to express deepest gratitude to everyone who has supported and contributed to the process throughout the journey. Your dedication has been crucial in rectifying the past wrongdoings and in paying respect to the lives of those who were part of our island community before us.


After a ceremony at 12 noon in the chapel of Trinity College Dublin on Wednesday the 12th of July the remains will travel by hearse to Galway. Island representatives are welcome to attend the ceremony in TCD.

The remains will travel from Gardner’s Funeral Directors, Athenry on the 15th July to Cleggan and on to Inishbofin. (weather permitting – time to be decided)

They will arrive at the old pier and be brought to the church, the following day the 16th July, after 1pm parish mass they will be reinterred in St Colman’s graveyard.


July 16
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Inishbofin Island
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