Donegal island welcomes descendants home as ESB connects Inishfree to the national grid.
The biggest-ever gathering of island clans on Inishfree in Donegal coincided with the switching on of electricity. It was one of the last of Ireland's coastal islands to be connected to the national grid at a cost of £200,000.
Jim Fahy meets some of the island's diaspora and current inhabitants in this RTÉ News report. Andrea McKeown Bhatt of Ohio has travelled there with her parents. Their island roots go back to the 17th century. Local woman Margaret Duffy describes it as a "beautiful, historic occasion". Mairead Duffy is looking forward to being able to watch 'Coronation Street' on dark and stormy nights.
There are just three families living on Inishfree, but there are hopes that others will now settle there and that it will become a cultural holiday destination. David Alcorn of Údarás na Gaeltachta hopes that grants will be available for updating the new houses.
An RTÉ News report from 19 August 2000.