The sale of Bartragh Island in Killala Bay has local people anxious about future access.
The 337 acre Bartragh Island in the Moy estuary is a popular public amenity enjoyed by generations of locals, holidaymakers and day trippers.
Ballina Quay which was recently upgraded to cater for an increase in traffic is busy for most of the year. The fishing season sees approximately five thousand fishermen annually using the estuary. In the summer months up to one hundred boats are out every day on this section of the river Moy. Many of these visit Bartragh Island on a regular basis which is described as,
A hideaway from the hustle and bustle of modern living.
Representations have been made by members of the public to Mayo County Council to purchase the five acre section of the island, which has been used for many years by the local community for day trips and camping. Their hope is that the new owners of Bartragh will reflect their wishes.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 24 June 1981.