Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday Photo: Fastnet Rock lighthouse, aka Ireland's Teardrop

This week's Friday photo is Fastnet Rock lighthouse, off the coast of County Cork. It's also known as Ireland's Teardrop because it was the last sight people emigrating to America and Canada would see.

It consists of 89 courses of stone, the first of which were laid in June 1899 by James Kavanagh (who probably wasn't related to my grandmother Cavanaugh). After laying ALL 2074 stones himself, he completed the work in June, 1903. Then, his work finally done, he went ashore, complaining of sickness, and died in July. Befitting an Irish teardrop story.

Have a grand weekend!



1 comment:

Quilt Lady said...

This is really sad! For him to do all that work and spend four years doing it and then he died and couldn't enjoy it.