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Safeguarding Ireland’s Coasts, 1914–23: Lighthouses, Lightships and the Commissioners of Irish Lights

October 7, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Presented by Irish Lights.

In late 1913, the Commissioners of Irish Lights received word from the Admiralty that, in the event of war, it would be necessary to dim or even extinguish certain navigational lights around the coast. Even with that warning, there was little to indicate the scale of the challenges presented to Irish Lights over the next ten years. The outbreak of the First World War in 1914 was the first in a series of events that left a lasting impact on the island of Ireland. The ability of Irish Lights and its lightkeepers to fulfil their mission – ensuring safety at sea for all – was tested as never before during the grim realities of the war at sea off the Irish Coast, a crisis swiftly followed by the ever-present threat of raids on lighthouses between 1919 and 1923, and the difficult question of the future of the lighthouse service after the creation of two separate states on the island of Ireland. In a talk presented by Irish Lights, which draws extensively upon their rich archival collections, join Dr Eoin Kinsella as he explores this pivotal decade in Irish history from the unique perspectives and experiences of the lightkeepers stationed at lighthouses and on lightships around the Irish coast.



October 7, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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