Here are some books about Cape Clear Island

Ó Charraig Aonair go Droichead Dóinneach: From Fastnet Sound to Blackwater Bridge

John K. Cotter was born on Cape Clear Island, County Cork in 1878 and died at Blackwater Bridge near Kenmare, County Kerry in 1968. He spent roughly half of his ninety years in each of those two places. He was a native Irish speaker and wrote poems in both Irish and English. The displacement of the move with his family 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. Though this landscape is geographically narrow and though the same yearning is repeatedly expressed, his poetry is saved from monotony and mawkishness by the fresh lyricism of his images. He is at his best when he writes of the sea, the fishing and the boats. In The Sara Gale (29), Memories of Tráigh Chiaráin and The Star of the Sea (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. John K.Cotter and the crew of his fishing boat, Gabriel, played a significant role in the landing of guns from Asgard at the East Pier, Howth in 1914, an account of which he wrote for the Military History Bureau, Dublin in 1961. In a few of his poems he makes reference to this historic event that changed the course of modern Irish history. Many of the poems are beautifully illustrated by Alannah Mathews and Michaela Collins. The cover design is also by Michaela. Éamon Lankford, the compiler and editor of the poems of John K. Cotter, holds a doctorate in Onomastic Studies from N.U.I. Maynooth (1995). He is Founder Director of Cape Clear Island Museum and Archive and author of the following publications: Cape Clear Island : Its People and Landscape (1999); Naomh Ciarán, Pilgrim Islander (2000); Bealach Oidhreachta Oileán Chléire/Cape Clear Heritage Trail (2003); Fastnet: An Charraig Aonair (2004); O Driscolls Past and Present (2005); An Logainmníocht in Oileán Cléire (2012). He is the compiler of the Cork and Kerry Place Names Archives (2008-09) which is housed at Cork County Library and Kerry County Library.

An Logainmníocht in Oileán Cléire

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.

A listing of all documentated sources consulted is provided as is an index to all names in the compilation. Some interesting colour photos of old stone built housing add considerably to ones appreciation of the landscape of the island and its placename heritage.

Scoite amach sa bhfarraige léi féin, ar chósta thiar theas Chontae Chorcaí atá Cléire, ceann de na hoileáin is faide ó mhórthír na hÉireann ar a bhfuil daoine fós ag maireachtaint. D’fhág suíomh iargúlta Chléire an t-oileánach beag beann ar thionchar na mórthíre go lár na fichiú haoise, nach mór. Go dtí sin bhí saol iomlán á chaitheamh ag daoine ag iascaireacht agus ag saothrú na talún. Is dóichí gurbh shin ba chúis le Cléire a bheith fágtha ar an aon oiléan de chéad oileánaibh Chairbre ina bhfaightear roinnt Gaeilge fós dá labhairt. Thart ar 110 duine a chónaíonn ann anois agus tá stádas Gaeltachta ag an oileán.

Sa saothar seo, pléitear tábhacht na n-áitainmneacha mar fhoinsí eolais agus mar léiriú ar chultúr an oileáin, agus deintear iarracht ar chuid den léiriú ar mheon, nósanna, saol agus saothar pobail atá le sonrú sna háitainmneacha a nochtadh.

Tugann an roghnú ar ainmneacha a baisteadh i gCléire ar an uile ghné den timpeallacht, mionléargas ar an úsáid a bhain daoine as an timpeallacht sin agus ar an ngaol a chothaigh siad léi. Léirítear iontu an dearcadh a bhí ag an oileánach i leith na timpeallachta oileánda inar mhair sé, ag tréimhsí éagsúla san am atá thart. Tugann na hainmneacha léiriú leis, ar an réimse foclóra agus na foirmeacha teanga a tharraing muintir Chléire chucu agus áitainmneacha á gcumadh acu. Bíodh go bhfuil mórathruithe teanga agus daonra imithe i bhfeidhm ar Chléire le leathchéad blian anuas, is cuid den teanga laethiúil fós iad na mion-logainmneacha.

Mionchursíos ar ghnéithe aiceanta an oileáin atá le sonrú sna háitainmneacha a thagraíonn do chnoc, cnocán is cnocáinín, leaca, talamh ard is lug talún, clais, poll, comar is gleann. Tagraítear do dhromáin, ardáin, isleáin, réidhleáin, sliabh, cuaranna agus bainc i dtéarmaí a bhí sothuigthe don oileánach. Tá léarscáil de chósta oileánda le sonrú ón iliomad ainm. Ainmnítear failltreacha arda, oileáin, carraigeacha mara, stacáin, boilgeacha faoi uisce, cuaisíní, poill agus pluaiseanna.

Na nithe seo go léir agus go leor eile fós atá faoi chaibidil sa saothar seo ag Éamon Lankford. Is le fada an la atá sé ag saothrú i ngort na logainmníochta. Chuir sé chun oibre, ag bailiú agus ag mapú Logainmneacha Chléire sna blianta 1976-86. I 1995 bhronn Ollscoil na hÉireann, Máigh Nuad gradam dochtúireachta air as an obair seo, agus is ciorrú agus cóiriú ar an ábhar sin atá sa leabhar seo.

O Driscolls: Past and Present

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. 1. The O'Driscoll and Corcu Loegde 7. The Twentieth Century 2. Churchmen, Merchants And Mariners 8. Maritime O Driscolls 3. Finghin The Rover 9. Cape Clear Islanders Named O Drisceoil 4. Clearing The Land And Scattering The Family 10. The O Driscoll' Title 5. Baltimore 11. O Driscoll Castles 6. Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Notables 12. The O Driscoll Disapora

Cape Clear Island: It's People and Landscape
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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.

Naomh Ciaran: Pilgrim Islander

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 Diocese of Ossory in Ireland. This pilgrim islandman traveled 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

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.

Fastnet Rock: An Charraig Aonair

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 bienniel 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.

About the Author

Éamon Lankford was educated at An Mhodh Scoil, Corcaigh, De La Salle College, Waterford and University College Cork. His work as founder director of the archive and exhibition centre at Cléire Museum and Heritage Centre has won him wide acclaim. Under his direction, Logainmneacha Chorcaí, set up in 1996 and Áitainmneacha Chiarraí (2000), set about collection and mapping as much as possible of the minor placenames of Cork and Kerry between 1996 and 2012. Arising from that initiative some 130 volumes of references to Cork placenames and 55 volumes of Kerry placenames have been deposited in Cork County Library and Kerry County Library as County Place Names Archives. He established the Cape Clear Island Museum to collect and preserve artefacts relating to island folk and maritime life. A lifetime spent collecting island placenames, folklore, genealogical data and maritime material forms Cartlann Chleire / Cape Clear Island Archive. Éamon Lankford is author of six books relating to island subjects.

Cape Clear Island: its People and Landscape (1999) shares the fruits of long and meticulous research with a wider public. Among his other works are Naomh Ciarán:Pilgrim Islander produced for the St. Piran-St. Ciarán, Kernow (Cornwall) -Cape Clear and Seir Kieran (Co. Offaly) Pilgrimage of 2000; The bilingual Heritage Trail (2003) introduces the visitor to the many places associated with the islands natural and cultural landscape; Fastnet: An Charraig Aonair (2004) tells the story of Cape Clear’s Signal Tower and Lighthouse; the building of two lighthouses on the Fastnet Rock and the Fastnet Race of 1979. His 0 Driscolls: Past and Present (2005) gives a fascinating insight into the ever evolving 0 Driscoll story worldwide. An Logainmníocht in Oileán Cléire (2012) is a major work in Irish on placenamíng in Cape Clear island, Co. Cork.

Éamon, who was awarded a Doctorate by Maynooth University in 1995, for his onomastic research lives in Douglas, Cork with his wife Máirín and their sons, Ciarán and Ultan.

Books available from:

E. Lankford
146 South Douglas Road,
Republic of Ireland.
T12 YW02.