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AWAKING THE DAWN: A Childhood Dream Fulfilled – Eamonn Monson sac

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The crossing to Clare Island brings me closer to the fulfillment of a childhood dream. In Aran I developed a fascination with lighthouses – the beautiful white one on Straw Island which was still manned when I was a boy and I loved when the uniformed Captain Keeper of the lighthouse would come ashore in his small boat to get provisions and have a pint in Ti Jo Mac’s. And I had a great desire to be in that lighthouse, to be in any lighthouse. The one in Bungowla at the other end of the island is also very fascinating in its exposure to strong seas and storms.

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