"An Illustrated Guide To The Sentinals That Guard Our Coastline"
Long before GPS, radio transmission or radar, lighthouses served as beacons helping ships to navigate IrelandÃ¢ÂÂs often treacherous waters.
The earliest lights were simply bonfires built on hillsides. Today, despite technological advances, these coastal icons continue to serve as crucial navigational aids for the maritime traffic of our island nation. By day, they mark the way with their instantly recognisable appearances; at night, by the character of their signals. One flash every two seconds tells a sailor that they are near Valentia Island off the coast of Kerry. Four flashes every twenty seconds means that they are further north, approaching Loop Head in County Clare.
As well as representing a unique part of our maritime history and built heritage, lighthouses are a powerful symbol of strength and resilience in times of darkness. This evokes an irresistible fascination with them in many people. Artist Roger OÃ¢ÂÂReilly grew up near the Boyne Estuary lighthouse in County Meath and ever sinceÃÂ has associated a sense of peace and reassurance with the warm glow of lighthouse beacons. He has spent two years criss-crossing the country to draw dramatic portraits of these sentinels of our shores. Gathered in this extraordinary collection, each beloved landmark is accompanied by a wealth of practical and insightful information: history, location, elevation, signal and range.
This spectacularly illustrated celebration of these architectural gems will be treasured by anyone who finds comfort, intrigue or excitement in the glimmer of a lighthouse through the darkness.ÃÂ