Gerald Butler

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Light keeper Gerald Butler  watched events during the tragic 1979 race unfold from his post at Fastnet Rock (above) and provided a guiding light to yachts and radio signals to rescuers. File photograph: Getty

A series of paintings and poems will be unveiled at Cork’s Cape Clear Museum on Sunday in honour of those who lost their lives in the 1979 Fastnet dis(...)

Fastnet lighthouse, 12km off the coast of Co Cork. Some 19 sailors died during the Fastnet Race of August 1979, and only 86 yachts out of 303 finished the event

On August 11th, 1979, when 303 yachts and almost 3,000 competitors set sail from Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, to take part in the Fastnet Race, the we(...)

Great lighthouses of Ireland:  Fanad Head, in Co Donegal. Photograph: Andy McInroy/Irish Lights

The road to Wicklow Head lighthouse feels like a departure from civilisation. The 2km path is only wide enough for one vehicle and is banked on either(...)

Sarah Phelan (6) with Lighthouse Keeper Gerald Butler from Galley Head lighthouse in The National Maritime Museum of Ireland Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Safe navigation may be their primary purpose, but 12 working lighthouses around the Irish coast are about to open their weather-beaten doors for overn(...)