Iorras Aithneach is an Irish-speaking peninsula in the West of County Galway with about 2,000 people living in the area. It is a predominantly Irish-speaking area, with 80% able to speak it.
Carna and Cill Chiarain are the two main villages. There are three electoral divisions, Abhainn Ghabhla, Scainimh and Cnoc Bui.
Carna is home to the National University of Ireland, Galway educational centre which offers a range of third-level courses. There is an Irish language college for second-level students in Carna and Cill Chiarain called Colaiste Sheoisaimh.