Dorinish Island in Clew Bay is up for sale. Cathal O'Shannon travelled to the island off the Mayo coast to find out how you go about selling an island.

Stephen Browne, an auctioneer from Westport explains.

You see its potential, its area, its location.

Mr Browne says that potential buyers fall into one of two categories. Either you get the man who wants a separate kingdom, a place where he can be by himself, young executives, businessmen, who want to get away from the noise and pressure of life. Alternatively, an island like Dorinish has enormous potential from a tourism development perspective. 

Mr Browne has previously sold a portion of an island which gave him some indication of exactly what an island is was worth. Advertising the sale internationally meant that Mr Browne received enquires from around the globe. Mr Browne also highlights the challenges of buying an island like this which is lacking in infrastructure such as electricity and water supplies. 

Not everyone is happy about the potential sale of the island. Councillor Dan O'Brien of the Westport Urban Council objects to the sale of the island arguing that the government should intervene to finance a harbour in Westport, which is what the funds from the sale of Dorinish will be used for. Mr O'Brien believes that there will be strong opposition to the sale from the locals of what he describes as

One of the beauty spots of the country.

A 'Newsbeat' report broadcast on 11 October 1967. The reporter is Cathal O'Shannon.

Dorinish Island was subsequently bought by Beatle John Lennon. Following his death his wife Yoko Ono sold the island.