Thursday 14 November 2019

Shedding a light on mystery markers

Revealed: The number 9 is visible in the landscape near Fanad Lighthouse
Revealed: The number 9 is visible in the landscape near Fanad Lighthouse
Rachel Farrell

Rachel Farrell

A cameraman has accidentally discovered a striking World War II symbol etched into grass near the iconic Fanad Head Lighthouse.

TG4 cameraman Setanta Ó Dochartaigh, from Gaoth Dobhair, was capturing footage in Co Donegal using a drone for the TV show 'Molscéal' when the sign was discovered.

When editing the footage, Ó Dochartaigh noticed the number '9' in the landscape nearby.

After investigating further, he discovered that Fanad Lighthouse had an Éire sign from World War II, and the number at the lighthouse was 79.

Over the summer, 'ÉIRE' was also revealed in Co Wicklow in the aftermath of the Bray gorse fire.

The markings were discovered by Air Corps following the fire that caused damage to overhead railway lines and forced the evacuation of several homes.

Fanad Lighthouse
Fanad Lighthouse

The markings are common around Ireland and stem from WWII, when they acted as signposts for aircraft, including bombers.

The online project Eiremarkings.org has captured similar images countrywide including Cork and Galway.

Irish Independent

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