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Overseas

The horizontal elevator

No, I haven’t lost it, nor has Willy Wonka materialised in real life (although given the strange environment we are in currently, all bets are off!).

If, at some point in the future, our overlords deign to allow us out of our prisons, sorry, houses, and to travel overseas again, there is, in Genoa, Italy, an innovative combination of railway and lift in use for passengers, details of which can be found here.

The concept is not exactly rocket science – mine shafts would have used a similar concept to load coal/ore in railway wagons into a lift with rails therein, hoisted them to surface and run the wagons off onto another railway.

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Locations

Youghal lighthouse keeper’s cottage

The Irish Examiner has an article on the restoration of a lighthouse keepers cottage adjacent to the lighthouse at Youghal, Co. Cork.

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Events

Guinness Roll of Honour

The Western Front Association are holding an event in the Dublin City library on Pearse Street, Dublin 2, on 4th April 2020 from 14:00 – 17:00.

The presentation looks at a number of Guinness employees who served in WW1, returning to employment in Guinness after the war. Further details can be found here.

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History Locations

Dinish Island, Co. Cork

Another article in the Irish Examiner’s series on the islands of Ireland – this one covers Dinish Island in Co. Cork, which was developed as a centre for fish processing.

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History

Commissioners of Irish Lights looking for decorators

Many decades ago, the playwright Brendan Behan was employed by the Commissioners of Irish Lights – the all Ireland body responsible for lighthouses – as a painter. This was a role he didn’t appear to be good at – the keeper of St. John’s Point lighthouse in Co. Down writing to Head Office to complain about Behan’s work ethic (or lack of!).

Many years ago, the IHAI visited the lighthouse museum at the Bailey lighthouse on Howth Head and the original letter is on display there.

Behan is long dead (1964) so he is unavailable to respond to the Commissioners’ tender request for lighthouse painting services.