My sister lives towards the top of a hill on the south west corner of Ireland. On a clear day it is possible to look south towards the Atlantic Ocean.
Carraig Aonair ("lonely rock" in Irish) juts out from beneath the waves 5km from the coast. Fastnet Lighthouse rises as if a part of the outcrop, and used to cast its beam 50km on a clear day at this most remote eastern landfall of Ireland. The highest recorded wave to strike Fastnet lighthouse was 157 feet (48 m), about fourteen stories high...
Well over two hundred and fifty Lighthouses surround the waters around Ireland and England. Despite technological advances in navigational warning systems, their force as totemic survivors remains unequalled.
Mike de Sousa
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