Populations in general naturally fluctuate. However, Rathlin Island's numbers are topical. In 19th century, The Great Famine devastated and posed threat to many rural Irish communities. This lead to the number of inhabitants on Northern Ireland's only populated off shore island decreasing by nearly 50% in one day. This occurred when a ship sailed into Church Bay and left with 500 residents. This was the last drastic change in the island's population until now. In 2017 the population of Rathlin is growing faster than what it has for two centuries. This project explores where the Rathlin Island has been, where it is now and where it is heading, honing in on the factors contributing to the current population growth.
Kendal Angharad Fewster • Kat Dlugosz • Paolo Drusi • Helen Edmund • Judith Fieldhouse • Sam Finch • Daniella Luisa • Linn Lundin • Kirsty McLachlan • Caroline McQuistin • Marina Mche • Kieran Riess Delaney • Gaizka Saracibar • Claire White •