Today we feature sunrise at Fastnet Rock (AKA Ireland's Teardrop) in West Cork by Mike Brown. This lighthouse was first constructed in 1853 but was replaced with the upgraded stone structure as pictured here in 1897. This was necessary because the light was not powerful enough and required an improved structure to house it. This picture is one of my personal favourites. Mike explains the scene:
"First light on a glorious morning at the Fastnet Rock. The Fastnet is the most southerly point of Ireland, 6.5 km southwest of Cape Clear Island and 13km from the West Cork mainland. It rises to about 30 metres above the low water mark. The Fastnet is also known as "Ireland's teardrop" as it was the last part of the country seen by emigrants to the United States in the 19th century."
It's amazing to think that this lighthouse could've been one of the last sights of Ireland witnessed by those who had to emigrate to America. There is a stark and rugged beauty to Fastnet. Mike has captured it in a beautiful light at sunrise.
Mike Brown's prints are available from €40. You can browse his stunning gallery here.
- Mark Sheils
Founder, Picture Ireland