Cape Clear Island: Heritage Trail
The Cape Clear Island Heritage Trail written in both Irish and English by Dr. Éamon Lankford, founder/Director of the Cape Clear Island Museum & Archive leads one on a facinating tour to Megalithic and Bronze Age monuments; standing stones; early Christian sites associated with St. Ciarán, the island's patron saint; the O Driscoll castle of Dún an Óir; the nineteenth century Signal Tower and old Cape Clear Lighthouse and also takes one on an ornithological trail around the islan. The colour map and many photographs allows one to easily identify the sites mentioned in the text. The work has been prepared from research notes and exhibition panels compiled since 1976 for Cape Clear Museum and other writings by the author. References are made to topography, historical events, placenames, shipwrecks, island writers, the cultural landscape and to the people who live in this unique place. A visit to the island Museum and Heritage Centre will provide one with a greater understanding and appreciation of the aspects touched upon in the guide. The guide introduces the reader to the maritime history, folklife and culture of the island community past and present.