The Maidens Lighthouses, Ireland
Where did a young person who lived at a lighthouse meet other young people? How did they find someone to date, fall in love with, and marry?
At other lighthouses, of course. Due to the remoteness of lighthouses, the children of keepers often met and married the children of other keepers – people who lived the same type of lives as they.
Off the coast of Northern Ireland lies a group of islets, marine hazards since the early days of shipping.
The two largest islands, about half a mile apart, are called The Maidens, and in 1829, a lighthouse was built on each one.
Hugh Redmond, lighthouse keeper at one of the lighthouses during the 1800’s, had a daughter. When the daughter met the assistant keeper at the other Maiden lighthouse, it was love at first sight. The young couple visited each other by boat if possible, but many times they couldn’t. Still, the need to communicate was strong. So how did the young couple speak to each other across the water before the invention of cell phones?