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Inis Oírr / Inisheer , the island's official name, Inis Oirthir, meaning "east island", and traditionally Inis Thiar, meaning "rear island". In Gaeilge Inis Oírr is pronounced like Inish-Ear. It is the smallest and most eastern of the three Aran Islands in Galway Bay, Ireland. With about 260 permanent residents , it is more populous than Inishmaan but less than Inishmore. Caomhán of Inis Oírr is the island's patron saint. There are three primary settlements on Inis Oírr - Baile an Chaisleáin , Baile an Feirme & Baile an Lorgain .

The official name, Inis Oírr, was brought into usage by the Ordnance Survey Ireland. It may be a compromise between the traditional local name Inis Thiar and the previous official name Inis Oirthir. There is no Irish word corresponding to the second element in the official name. It seems from the annals that the island's name always contained the element iarthar or thiar in the sense of "rear or back island" and not "west" as is the usual sense of this word. The form Inis Oirthir, used by the 17th century scholar Ruaidhrí Ó Flaithbheartaigh, seems to have arisen out of his own misreading of the annals.

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