Shroove lighthouse meteorite upstages supermoon in Donegal

A Donegal woman filming the supermoon over Shroove Lighthouse in Inishowen had a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience when she also managed to capture a meteorite zooming through the skies.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 5:52 pm

Eileen Doherty, who lives in Shroove, had gone to the White Bay to see the super moon and was in exactly ‘the right place at the right time’ close to 11pm when the meteorite flew by.

She told the Journal: “It was definitely a gift from nature. We’d gone down to see the super moon. We could see it from the housee, but it was quiet and we thought we’d take a walk down. I saw something else in the sky and I thought it was a drone at first. Then I thought it might be a shooting star but quickly realised it was far too big to be either.”

In a great stroke of luck, Eileen happened to be filming the moon, just as the meteorite came into view.

A still from Eileen McLaughlin's video of the supermoon and meteorite over Shroove lighthouse in Co. Donegal.

“It was just a once in a lifetime experience. There were women swimming there at the time too and said it broke up at the back of the headland. I know a lot of people saw it across Donegal, but I was really lucky that I managed to film it. It was amazing to see.”