School: Inis Sionnach (Haulbowline) (roll number 3195)

Haulbowline Island, Co. Cork
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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0386, Page 211

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How it got the name Haul - Bow - Lin.

E. Burke of Haulbowline, an electrician and ex-navy man has supplied the following.

"When ships (Sailing) were coming into the port they had to pass this island on their way to Passage and Cork. Often with adverse winds or absence of wind there was danger of striking the island.
In order to clear the island (with tide running) the skipper used to shout " Haul in the Bowlin". This "Bowlin" was a knot put on the sail to train or tighten it. The island was then a rock and marines came to call it the place where they "Hauled in the Bowlin".
"These ships occasionally used a kedge-anchor when they were becalmed."

From E. Burke.

An old Irish scholar in the Gaoltact wondered if the name had an Irish origin.

He suggested Aill Bó Lín which would mean the "Cliff of the Drinking Pool for Cattle".

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