Documentary on One

Good Day At Blackrock

The story of a man who fulfilled a promise he made to his 13-year old self

Rate this doc
  • 4.2/5 (44 ratings)
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
4.2/5 (44 ratings)

Good Day At Blackrock

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.

Thanks to:

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

(A short Irish documentary from RTE Radio, Ireland)


These are some of our favourites ...

If you have an Idea?

If you want to suggest a subject or you want to make a documentary? Let us know