Irish Lights, saving the Irish coast 1914-1923
As part of the Dublin Festival of History, Dr Eoin Kinsella will give a lecture entitled Lighthouses, Lightships and the Commissioners of Irish Lights, Safeguarding Ireland’s Coasts 1914â23.
The free online event presented by Irish Lights on Thursday 7 October (19h00-2000hrs), will explore this pivotal decade in Irish history from the unique perspective of lighthouse keepers stationed around the Irish coast.
Irish fire marshals at the end of 1913 received from the Admiralty that in the event of war it would be necessary to dim or even extinguish certain navigation lights around the coast.
Even with this warning, there was little to indicate the magnitude of the challenges presented to Irish Lights over the next decade. The outbreak of World War I 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 her lighthouse keepers to fulfill their mission – ensuring safety at sea for all – has been put to the test like never before during the grim realities of war at sea off the coast of Ireland. , a crisis quickly followed by the ever-present threat of lighthouse raids 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.
To register for tickets, they are available on Eventbrite here.
For other events during the Dublin History Festival (see website) brought to you by Dublin City Council and organized by Dublin City Libraries in partnership with the Dublin City Council Culture Company.
The festival that started last month runs through Sunday, October 10, with a schedule of over 100 events, both online and in person.