With nothing to shield it from savage Atlantic storms, it's a tribute to the hardiness of Tory Islanders that the island has been inhabited for more than 4500 years.

In 1974, after an eight-week storm hammered the island, the government made plans to evacuate Tory permanently. Father Diarmuid Ó Peícín came to the rescue, spearheading an international campaign to raise funds, establish a proper ferry service, install an electrical supply and more. The demise of the fishing industry has brought its own share of problems, but the community perseveres.