Patrick Monaghan, was a lighthouse-keeper.
In September 1937, he was swept from the Blackrock lighthouse, 10 miles off the coast of Mayo, by a freak wave. His body was never discovered.
Seven months later, his wife gave birth to a girl, Mamie. She, in turn, had eight children, including radio presenter, Cathal.
For years, Mamie and her family had looked from the Mayo shore at the spec that is Blackrock Lighthouse - Patrick's final resting-place.
In June 2010, with the help of Irish Lights, Mamie and Cathal made the journey to Blackrock Lighthouse.
Commissioners of Irish Lights
Especially John Gore Grimes and the lighthouse-keeper, John Ruane.
Also, Joe Beirne of Midwest Radio who made the recording of singer, Padraig Ó Maolruaidh available.
The Curious Ear is produced by Ronan Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org
(A short Irish documentary from RTE Radio, Ireland)