The Lighthouse Project at Sheep’s Head with Sara Baume & Mark Beatty

Sara Baume & Mark Beatty

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Friday 15 July 2022

2:00 pm

3:45 pm

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The Lighthouse Project is a site-specific response to lighthouses around Ireland, curated by Dani Gill and produced in partnership with festivals and other partners in counties where it takes place. This summer, the West Cork Literary Festival has partnered with the project to deliver an offering at Sheep’s Head with writer Sara Baume and visual artist Mark Beatty. Please note that tickets are limited and attendance at this event is limited to ticket-holders only

Admission: €15

Sheep's Head Lighthouse came into operation in 1968, built to accommodate the nearby development of Whiddy Island Oil Terminal. 
The lighthouse marks the southern tip of Bantry Bay, and a 2km trail walk leads to the lighthouse with beautiful views of the peninsula. Because of its distance from the road, much of the equipment and materials used in the construction of the lighthouse were airlifted by helicopter. The lighthouse comprises a 7 metre high round tower on a square building. The Lantern is 83 meters above sea level. The lighthouse is maned by a part time attendant, who carries out essential maintenance.Photo:Valerie O'Sullivan

We will gather at Bernie’s Cupan Tae Sheep’s Head to begin the walk down to the lighthouse with writer Sara Baume. We will travel past Lough Akeen, and downhill to the Helicopter pad, where Sara will read her specially commissioned new short story ‘The Call’. In the autumn there will be a sister event: a light installation on the peninsula designed by artist Mark Beatty which will be filmed and released as a separate piece.


Duration: 1hr 45mins approx. (35mins to walk to the helipad, 20mins to hear the story, 10mins to explore the site, 35mins walk back to the café. People can remain onsite for longer if they wish but the group will be invited to depart from the site at 3:15pm)



To access this event you need to arrange your own transport to and from Bernie’s Cupan Tae on the Peninsula.

We recommend hiking boots and suitable clothing for weather.

The walk to the reading area will take 35mins. While not arduous, it is not recommended for those with mobility issues.

The reading on the helipad will be 20mins long and there won’t be seating. The group will be invited to sit down on the helipad area if you wish. Please be aware of this when booking.


Read about previous events by The Lighthouse Project here



The photo of Sheep’s Head Lighthouse is by Valerie O’Sullivan and is from Ireland’s Content Pool (Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland).



Sara Baume

Sara Baume’s previous work includes novels Spill Simmer Falter Wither and A Line Made by Walking, and her 2020 bestselling non-fiction debut, handiwork. Her writing has won the Davy Byrne’s...

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Mark Beatty

Mark Beatty is an artist who produces drawings in conventional and unconventional media and uses drawing as a means of making installations and interventions. His work has been included in...

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