Cape Clear Island (official name: Cléire and sometimes also referred to in Irish as ‘Oileán Chléire’) lies south west of County Cork in Ireland. It is the southernmost inhabited part of Ireland and has a population of over 100 people. It is a Gaeltacht (Irish speaking area).
The island is known as the birthplace of Saint Ciarán, for the Dún an Óir fort, and for its birdlife, including Black and Common Guillemots, Cormorants and storm petrels. Seals, basking sharks and dolphins are found in the surrounding water, while sea pinks and honeysuckle are common plants on the land.
Every first weekend of September, Cape hosts the Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival, which has been running annually since 1994. The festival features professional international storytellers from all over the world.
Cape Clear is divided into several townlands.