The lovely beach at ‘ínis Coinín’ or Rabbit Island is a neglected gem for locals and visitors alike. In recent years Coney Island gained fame as the spot from whence the Belfast singer Van Morrison went on up over the hill to Ardglass to buy prawns
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The lovely beach at ‘Inis Coinín’ or Rabbit Island is a neglected gem for locals and visitors alike. In recent years Coney Island has gained fame as the spot from whence the Belfast born singer Van Morrison went on up over the hill to Ardglass to buy some prawns "in case we got famished!" Ah yes, "... if only every day could be like this!"
The Normans ahd a practice of starting rabbit warrens near their bases, and Ardglass was no exception, thus the Island itself got the name during their occupation of this part of Down from 12th to the 14th Centuries before being overcome by the local MacArctan, Magennis and O’Neill clanns.
There is a lovely walk around the Island, which is a right of way and well worth spending an afternoon with a picnic in the middle of it.
Out of respect to local residents, it is better to park outside the area and walk down to the beach and island as the beach road is a private road with limited parking.