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Ireland: 31 Days, 31 Pictures: Day 28- The Lighthouse

Day 28: The Lighthouse

Inisheer Lighthouse was completed in 1857 after it was argued that the Inishmore lighthouse was too high and it did not cover the entrances to the North or South Sounds of the Islands.

The lighthouse originally had a fixed optic lamp which was supplied by the Chance Brothers of Birmingham. In 1913, the light was then converted to an incandescent with a paraffin vapour burner with a sequence change from fixed to occulting i.e. 10 seconds of light, 10 seconds of darkness (now called isophase).

The light was once more converted to an automated unwatched electric light with three diesel generator sets and a backup battery in case of complete electric breakdown.

In the background, you can see the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.

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Ireland: 31 Days, 31 Pictures: Day 27- Stone Walls

Day 27: Stone Walls

The stone walls really are of the most impressive and peculiar sights on Inis Óirr. The criss-cross walls define the farmers fields, and collectively add up to thousands of miles.

I had walked up to O’Brien’s Castle only to find the grounds closed off to visitors (being March it was still off-peak season for the island). So I continued to walk, following the road toward the other side of the island.

The north and south sides of the island are drastically different from one another. The northern side is protected from the wide open ocean and it’s harsh conditions, and so understandably this is where the pier and village are located. On the northern side, you’ll find civilisation, with homes, pubs, restaurants, a school and an airport. The southern side is virtually deserted.

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Ireland: 31 Days, 31 Photos: Day 26- O’Brien’s Castle

Day 26: O’Brien’s Castle

The Castle oversees Inisheer from one of the highest points of the island, with views of the beach, pier, and ruins below. This castle is thought to have been built in 14th century making it one of the oldest ruins on the Aran Islands. It would pre-date the other ruins in surrounding areas of County Clare such as the Burren Tower Houses and other stone forts on the Aran Islands.
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The early Tribal Kingdoms that divided Ireland often competed for resources and were not exactly known for their peace making. It is not surprising that in 1582 the O’Flaherty’s of Connemara sieged and occupied the castle from the ruling O’Brien’s of Munster. The O’Flaherty family was driven west due to the invasion of Norman conquerors but fought ferociously to maintain their influence in the area.

 

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