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The Lighthouse keepers of Ireland

St Johns point lighthouse

The picture above is of St John point lighthouse, Co.Donegal.

Back in 2011 I started a project of capturing photos and information about the history and lives of the Lighthouse keepers of the Ireland.

I just want to share a small amount in this post.

Molly at St Johns

St johns point is a very haunting and beautiful part of the coast line of County,Donegal.

St Johns Point Donegal

“This is a harbour light to guide from Donegal Bay and to mark the north side of the bay leading to Killybegs Harbour from the entrance up to Rotten Island.

The tower, built of cut granite, was designed by the Board’s Inspector of Works and Inspector of Lighthouses, George Halpin, and erected by the Board’s workmen under Halpin’s supervision.

The tower, painted white, had a first order catoptric fixed light 98 feet above high water with a visibility in clear weather of 14 miles. The light was first exhibited on 4 November 1831 with the buildings in an uncompleted state. The final cost at the end of 1833 was £10,507.8.5.

The Lighthouse Keeper’s videos:

BallyCotton lighthouse

Ballycotton lighthouse

Hookhead Lighthouse


This lighthouse project is ongoing and will most likely take sometime, I will keep updating..


15 responses

  1. Wonderful images from one of the most beautiful part of Ireland

    March 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm

  2. noelgreene

    Donegal, and a beautiful lighthouse image. What more could a photographer ask for

    March 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    • I love Donegal Noel, so very please that you do to. Cannot wait to get back at some point….

      March 15, 2013 at 9:46 am

  3. 1annecasey

    Wow – stunningly beautiful shots.

    March 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm

  4. I really enjoyed all of this post Nigel, from the quality of the photos through to the presentation, writings and video. Keep up the good work.

    March 14, 2013 at 10:13 pm

  5. victoriaaphotography

    Wow. Stunning images (especially the last one) and I love the first video of the Lighthouse keeper – amazing – superb editing & highly creative. The swish of the water & the harmonica in the background makes for very enjoyable listening & viewing.

    Look forward to seeing some more lighthouse images.

    March 14, 2013 at 11:34 pm

  6. A wonderful, life affirming post! And you have captured my favourite symbol – the lighthouse – shining in the dark places. So glad that we connected over the blogger miles.

    March 15, 2013 at 1:35 am

    • I fell in love with this video from the first time I found it, a great family moment.

      Today these lighthouses have become just a structure that a computer program controls, boats passing don’t have to thing twice so long as they see the lights, the video takes you back to the family space that in reality they were and these family’s looked after the lives and safely of those passing at sea ..

      I can only wish that these families were still living in these spaces, can you Imagine ?

      Me too,

      Many thanks for such a lovely comment xxx

      I love your own blogs Rebecca, everyone should go and have a great time reading and thinking about your posts.

      I am getting so much from them so thank you!

      March 15, 2013 at 9:42 am

  7. really interesting post and, of course, stunning pictures!

    March 15, 2013 at 8:42 am

  8. The first image is such a great composition, with the extreme contrast in light and dark. Is that infrared? The starkness of the lighthouse sitting on the featureless, dark ground really brings home the isolation of such a place.

    March 16, 2013 at 2:19 pm

  9. Kevin Somers

    Great Grandfather was Bernard Somers Lighthouse keeper in Clare and Cork im looking for information on him and his wife Mary Geary

    October 25, 2015 at 12:36 pm

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