A collection of artefacts celebrating the lighthouses of Ireland goes on display in Dun Laoghaire.
The centrepiece of the exhibition is an optical lens built in Paris in 1896 and was for years the guiding light for vessels entering Dun Laoghaire harbour. Another is a rocking chair owned by former Eagle Island Principal Lighthouse Keeper Tom Hyde, who had to make the tools before making the chair. An old model steam engine begun by 17 year old apprentice Civil Herbert is also on display.
The bulk of the exhibits find their inspiration in the sea and things that surround it.
The exhibition also contains paintings by the lighthouse keepers themselves depicting feelings of being marooned for months on end in a lonely lighthouse.
John Hennessy, training officer of the Irish Lights Service, describes what makes a good lighthouse keeper saying that they should be a practical person. Previously largely the domain of lighthouse keeper's sons following their fathers into the service, the occupation is now attracting people from all walks of life.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 January 1977.