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Welcome to the Aran Islands Bike Tours! Join us on one of our fully guided cycling day tours of the three Aran Islands!

The Aran Islands are found in the middle of Galway Bay, approximately 10 kilometres north of County Clare.

The largest of the three, Inishmor, meaning big Island, lies to the north and is very popular spot for visitors all year round, while Inishmaan, (meaning middle Island) is the most quiet and traditional of the Islands. Inisheer, meaning the eastern Island, is the smallest and nearest to County Clare and the Cliffs of Moher.

Explore these thriving islands’ history, archaeology, nature and culture with a warm welcome from local guides, Patrick & Kelly and our crew.

We want you to enjoy your holidays, so we take care of everything! Our tours are full day tours, with ferry ticket, packed lunch, bikes, and guides all included.

For day trippers, the tour begins and ends at the Doolin ferry terminal or for those choosing to enjoy the Islands a bit longer, we can meet you on the ferry terminal on the Islands as well.

Tours are relaxed and informal and we aim to tailor the pace and focus to the needs of the group.

You can check availability and send booking enquiries online or alternatively contact us directly.

We look forward to meeting you!

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A Man of Aran & A Man of America.

When the great Pat Mullen packed his bags in Boston in September 1921 and headed home to Aran with his little five year old son, P.J., little did he know that one day his great grandson Paul Mullen, would recross the Atlantic and end up representing the United States on the rugby field. Pat had come home to help his elderly parents and ended up staying.

Paul, a grandson of P.J. and son to Michael Mullen and Elizabeth Joyce, has already gained a number of caps and may well take the field at the Aviva stadium, when the United States Eagles play Ireland next Saturday in Dublin.

Based for a number of years in Texas, Paul is now on a temporary three week loan with Doncaster Knights in England, but is contracted for the last few months to the Newcastle Falcons.

He has already represented Ireland on a number of occasions at under age level. His powerfully built frame and competitive and fearless spirit, has proved of great benefit to the many scrums he has propped.

Those of you familiar with the 1934 film Man of Aran will know just how pivotal Pat Mullen was in the making of the great epic. Pat was assistant director and his contribution was as important, if not more important, to how the film turned out, as was the American director Robert Flaherty.
Pat's book about the making of the film, also called Man of Aran, adds greatly to the history of those times.

Apart from all his organising, Pat also put his life on the line when he took his place in both the canvas currach for some storm scenes and in all the púcán, shark hunting scenes. Just for the record, Pat and indeed Tiger were not part of the final currach storm scenes, which almost cost the lives of three good men. Those stories are for another day perhaps but his books are very enjoyable and well worth the read.

The Mullens, like most Aran Islanders, are all athletically gifted and Paul's brother Eoin is a highly successful professional cyclist. Indeed their father Michael was an outstanding sprinter in his youth. Paul carries the island blood of three other great clans, the Joyces, Hernons and Powells.

It doesn't seem so long since a very small boy with a very big fishing rod, was fishing from the rocks, on fine summer evenings, when the day trippers had left. This was at Poll na Storc, which was located very close to his father's bicycle hire store. This spot is now covered by a mass of concrete and is the location for the large bus and car park, near the new pier. No matter how quite the fishing was, Paul seemed to always land a few and catching fish came very easy to him.

Paul is not the first man with Aran blood to represent the United States on the international stage.
In 1896 at the first modern Olympics in Athens, the first medal awarded went to James Brendan Connolly (Conneely), the son of Cill Éinne emigrants. Like Pat Mullen, James was a noted writer and journalist and specialised in stories about the sea.

We look forward to seeing Paul represent his adopted country next Saturday and we wish him well. His Aran grandparents are all gone now, but we are sure, P.J. Mullen from Cill Rónáin, Coley William Joyce from Cill Éinne, Bridgie Hernon from Cill Muirbhigh and Máire Powell from Inis Oirr, would be very proud of him.

No matter how many times Paul gets to wear the jersey of the United States of America, he will always be a Man of Aran.
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