Cape Clear Island: It’s People and Landscape
The pillarstone 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, the island off, West Cork, was the last glimpse of their homeland for emigrants heading out on the atlantic and Fastnet Rock close by was called by them 'Ireland's Teardrop'. At South Harbour 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. Vistors also enjoy archaeological remains, distinctive stone buildings and fences and rare flora, fauna and bird life. Cape Clear Island: It's 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.