Lankford Books

The history of Cape Clear Signal Tower, Cape Clear Lighthouse and the building of two lighthouses at the Fastnet Rock and the Fastnet Race 1979 are covered in Fastnet Rock: An Charraig Aonair by Dr Éamon Lankford. The waters around the Fastnet have been the scene of submarine warfare, shipwrecks and dramatic sea rescues. The Fastnet Lighthouse is one of the world’s best-known landmarks and it has been the turning mark for the Fastnet Race since 1925. The biennial Fastnet Race brings colour and excitement to Cape Clear, Baltimore and Schull as the yachts of many nations sail past the now unmanned lighthouse. The Fastnet storm of 1979 turned the race of that year into an international disaster when the greatest tragedy in yachting history took fifteen lives. In Fastnet: An Charraig Aonair, tribute is paid to all those who kept watch on the Fastnet since 1854 and to those who lost their lives in the 1979 tragedy.


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This is a beautiful, well written book about the names given to over 2,000 named and mapped places and features in the landscape of Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork. Names given to island townlands, scores of small islands, rocks, coves, headlands, cliffs, fields, hills, streams, wells, roads, trails, crossroads, old house ruins, archaeological and historical sites are included. The history, lore and daily life functions, which brought about the creation and preservation of so many names, is explored. The generation of islanders who supplied and mapped the names with the author have all but passed.


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O Driscolls: Past and Present (2005) looks at the early history of the O Driscoll Clan who have their roots in Corcu Lóegde, now known as Carbery, in West Cork, Ireland. The tale of centuries of missionary activity stretching back to early christian times, heroism, piracy, feuding and open warfare, as well as the intrigue, treachery, land grabbing, and the adventures from the sixteenth century to the present of some people named O Driscoll, are presented in this 193 page beautifully illustrated book. Photographs of castles, people and places, maps and genealogical charts compliment chapters dealing with the following aspects of O Driscoll heritage: Chapter 1. The O’Driscoll and Corcu Loegde, 2. Churchmen, Merchants And Mariners, 3. Finghin The Rover, 4. Clearing The Land And Scattering The Family, 5. Baltimore, 6. Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Notables, 7. The Twentieth Century, 8. Maritime O Driscolls, 9. Cape Clear Islanders Named O Drisceoil, 10. The O Driscoll’ Title, 11. O Driscoll Castles, 12. The O Driscoll Disapora


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It is generally accepted that St Ciarán was born in Cape Clear Island (Cléire), Co. Cork, Ireland. His memory is revered there and in Seir Kieran, Co. Offaly, while Cornish people honour him as St Piran of Peranzabuloe. In recent times, the Parish Council at Peranzabuloe has launched the St Piran project to bring about the restoration of St. Piran’s Oratory at St. Piran’s in the Sands, which has close associations with St. Kieran of Seir and the Diocese of Ossory in Ireland. This pilgrim island-man travelled from Cape Clear to Rome and served the early Christian communities of Munster and part of Leinster as well as ministering in Italy, Brittany, Scotland, Wales and Kernow (Cornwall). The Kernow-Seir Kieran Pilgrimage to Cape Clear and Seir Kieran in the Year 2000 was a fitting occasion to present the story of Naomh Ciaran: Pilgrim Islander


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The pillar stone at North Harbour, Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork is reputedly the oldest of Ireland’s Christian monuments. Part of the hereditary lands of the Ó Drisceoil, Cape Clear Island off West Cork was the last glimpse of their homeland for emigrants heading out on the Atlantic and was known as ‘Ireland’s Teardrop’. At South Harbour, islanders employed as pilots boarded Atlantic sail and steamships bound for Cork Harbour or English ports. Reuters’ Telegraph Station there, linked USA and Europe. Relics remain of a nineteenth-century Signal Tower and Lighthouse. Visitors also enjoy archaeological remains, distinctive stone buildings and fences and rare flora, fauna and bird life. Cape Clear Island: Its People and Landscape, in which central attention is given to placenames, celebrates an Irish speaking community who, over many years, have shared their lore and history with the author.


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John K. Cotter was born on Cape Clear Island, County Cork in 1878 and died at Blackwater Bridge near Kenmare, Co. Kerry in 1968. He spent roughly half of his ninety years of life in each of those two places. The displacement of his family with the move in 1920 to Blackwater Bridge would seem to have been the whetstone for much of his poetry. From that time on, his boyhood island becomes an interior landscape that he visits again and again in memory. He is at his best when he writes of the sea, the fishing and the boats. In The Sarah Gale (Chap. 29), Memories of Tráigh Chiaráin (Chap. 14) and The Star of the Sea (Chap. 30), he navigates in memory the well-loved and familiar territory of his vigorous youthful days as a fisherman, peppering his lines with terms and expressions of sailing and fishing, with the ease of the expert.


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Fastnet Rock:

An Charraig Aonair

by Eamon Lankford

An Logainmníocht

in Oileán Chléire

by Eamon Lankford

O Driscolls: Past and Present

by Eamon Lankford

Naomh Ciarán:

Pilgrim Islander

by Eamon Lankford

Cape Clear Island:

Its People and Landscape

by Eamon Lankford

Ó Charraig Aonair go

Droichead Dóinneach

by Eamon Lankford