Smithereens Press Chapbooks SP14 - The Lighthouses by Daragh Breen - Page 17

Tarbert Island; 1834, 18 metres, white light 2 seconds on, 2 seconds off, red light West over Bowline Rock Fort Point; 1841, 16 metres, white flash every 2 seconds, red flashes to South East A murder of currachs like up-turned crows’ beaks crowd towards the rocks, their tarred ribs shining shell-like and black in the rain, the waves heave their meagre fish-catches onto salty shoulders, testing the strength of the long legs of their thin oars. 13