Great Lighthouses of Ireland : TV series (4 x 52 min episodes)

Frank Delaney* (Other)

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Delaney, Frank: Great Lighthouses of Ireland (Writer/Director) (RTE, 4x52min episodes)

This research project resulted in an archivable document as well as a broadcast series investigating how contemporary documentary filmmaking technologies create a living memory archive of the oral history of lighthouse keepers. Its methodology employs ethnographic and archival methods such as oral history (interviews with those who worked and lived in lighthouses), and textual and visual data gleaned from original maritime documents (coastguard archives found in lighthouse buildings, or held by the Commissioners of Irish Lights Office - Coimisinéirí Soilse na hÉireann, and in private collections). The script for the series also draws on historic and contemporary literature on this subject and its architectural, sociological, and environmental contexts. The visual style and sound design for the series was informed by research into modern Irish maritime and landscape art, photographic depictions of lighthouses, and earlier television documentaries - e.g. The Last Lighthouse (1974, BBC), and Irish Lights (1980, RTÉ). Using modern drone technology, the series was able to photograph previously inaccessible locations and document the extraordinary feats of engineers in constructing these structures in such hostile places. Additionally, helicopter and ‘Westcam’ technology enabled the photography of extreme weather and waves around the Irish coastline that to date had only been communicated via myth and folklore.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationIreland
Media of outputFilm
Publication statusPublished - 27 Sept 2018


  • Factual documentary director


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