The nearest look out post to the Blasket Islands is Dunmore Head which is on the mainland. It was LOP number 38. There wasn’t a LOP on the Great Blasket that I was aware of and most signs were linked with the nearest LOP hence the classification. At the moment, it does not look to me as though the number is intact for this location so I cannot confirm absolutely.
Location on Google is clouded over.
In July 2018, a major fire on Bray Head in Wicklow cleared significant amounts of gorse growth. One of the outcomes of that was that the EIRE sign, which must have been hidden for years, was revealed again. I am grateful to Kate Muldowney and Ray Cranley who were responsible for letting me know the sign had been seen again.
The photographs below are courtesy of Captain Barcow and the Irish Air Corps who have been kind enough to let me post the pictures of the sign.
The appearance of this sign has been the subject of considerable media interest in August 2018 following the release of a number of pictures. The sign in my view, is in remarkably good condition; most of the letters are clearly identifiable – the initial E is perhaps not as healthy, but the frame is still apparent, and the number of the nearby LOP, 8, Bray Head is also reasonably clear. As there is so very little evidence of signs on the east coast, I am really pleased to see one come to light.
Bray Head is listed on the east coast of Ireland on this map.
Site map of Bray 8
I am looking for a photographer credit for this which has wandered around Twitter lately (August 2018)
Update: 13 September: Bray Head has been restored.
If you look carefully at the base of the tower, you can just see the remains of the R and the E at the end of EIRE.
There is actually an historic aerial photograph of this sign too which the Military Archives have published on their social media/Flickr stream
This sign has recently been restored and I do not have an aerial photograph of it yet. However, I have received a number of photographs of the restored sign, and the work in progress to restore it for which I am very grateful to the three photographers concerned whose names you’ll find under their photographs.
Photograph credit: Rob DIjksman
Photograph credit: Rob DIjksman
This sign has also been recently restored by a team including John Bonner.
Photograph Credit: Raymond Sweeney
Via Hugh Boyle I also have this photograph of the work under way:
Photograph credit: Hugh Boyle
A couple of people have let me know that Sign 64 has been restored and I’ve received a (non-aerial photograph) of it. It isn’t on the aerial maps yet although I will put the location of it on the map of the signs.
I want to think Liz, Karen and Aidan who all emailed me to let me know about this.
Rossan Point, Donegal – Bing aerial photographs
I have been told that the sign in Howth is located here but completely overgrown. This is an updated location and the map has been updated accordingly. I’ve also been advised that there is some work being done on possibly restoring the sign. I will keep this post updated as and when I learn more.
Bing Aerial photographs
This is what remains of the Slyne head sign – just the number
Bing aerial photographs
Again, this site is fading somewhat but you can see it almost due south of the circular structure.