The Sherkin Island Abbey

Known locally as “The Abbey”, this ruin was a Franciscan friary that operated from the 1400s to 1796 when the last friar died. In the background you can see the Baltimore Beacon. Aperture ƒ/8 Camera Canon EOS 6D Focal length 40mm ISO 250 Shutter speed 1/250s

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The Baltimore Beacon

The Baltimore Beacon was the scene of a terrible tragedy on Tuesday when three people lost their lives in the sea there. It emerged yesterday that the four-strong party — the other being Mr Ryan’s teenage daughter, Charlotte Davis Ryan — may have been fishing rather than walking when tragedy struck. It is understood that Ms O’Connor may have been knocked into the water first by a wave, and Mr Davis Ryan went to save her. It is understood that Mr Ryan asked then his daughter to raise the alarm, and that conscious of the lack of mobile phone signal in the area, she ran up the hill towards the… Read More

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Sailing past the Baltimore Beacon

On our way back to Baltimore after a nice visit to Cape Clear Island the ferry passed by the Baltimnore Beacon. I heard that the Beacon had been built by the father of a man who perished on the cliffs where it’s built but it’s origin is rather more mundane. The British Government ordered it built in the mid 1900’s. However I did know it was known as “Lott’s Wife” or the “Pillar of Salt” locally. More on Wikipedia here and here. Casey’s also have an informative page.

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Cape Clear Road

A view of the main road on Cape Clear Island, a small island off the coast of west Cork. I’ve walked this road many times but never noticed that you can see the Baltimore Beacon from here until I took this photo… Aperture ƒ/7.1 Camera Canon EOS 40D Focal length 200mm ISO 100 Shutter speed 1/200s

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