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Fanad Lighthouse on the stunning scenery of the Donegal coastline
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#lighthousePics - The guardians of some of Ireland's most iconic lighthouses, the Commissioners of Irish Lights are looking for new and exciting images of Lighthouses located along our stunning coastline. Whether you are a professional photographer or just a budding…
Neil Prendeville KYC, Deidre Lane MSc MNI Master Mariner, Sue Horgan Rear Commodore KYC and Thomas Roche Commodore KYC
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Saol Eile's Paraic O’Maolriada and wife Myra sailed around the world under the Kinsale Yacht Club burgee writes Bob Bateman. It took the couple six years returning late last season. They picked up an Afloat Sailor of the Month Award for their endeavours…
Enjoy the fun and events of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland Shine A Light festival on the May Bank Holiday. See participating Lighthouses below that include Fanad, Co. Donegal
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#LighthouseFestival - Next weekend is the time... to kick start the Summer with the Great Lighthouses of Ireland May Bank Holiday Festival (29 April – 1 May). Meet our Lighthouse StoryKeepers, enjoy all things maritime from crafts, technology, food and…
An exhibition on the history of Irish Lights is on display in Dublin Castle until April. The same exhibition has also been touring the county, where Wexford County Council HQ have been hosting for several weeks but ends tomorrow Sunday, 5 March.
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#Exhibition – An exhibition that captures the history of The Commissioners of Irish Lights is on display in Dublin and concurrently in Wexford County Council HQ as previously reported on Afloat (but ends tomorrow, Sunday 5 March). The exhibitions are…
An artist's impression of Hall McKnight's winning design for the Mew Island Optic on Belfast's waterfront
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#MewIslandOptic - Plans to install a rare lens from one of Ireland’s tallest lighthouses on Belfast’s waterfront have been given the green light. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, plans were announced last summer to house the optic from Mew Island…
Crew on board a tender attend buoy-work which forms part of the Irish Lights Exhibition which continues to tour around our coastline. The next venue is Wexford County Offices which begins on 23 January.
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#Exhibition - The Commissioners of Irish Lights and the Royal Irish Academy continues to tour an exhibition around our coastline that captures the history of Irish Lights. Having first exhibited last year in Cobh as Afloat reported on the next…
ILV Granuaile seen today cautiously approaching alongside the Commissioners of Irish Lights headquarters in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The tender built in 2000 was the first CIL ship to be painted with a blue hull and not the standard grey which is very much reflected with the overcast scene over Dublin Bay.
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#DirectDock - ILV Granuaile the Commissioners of Irish Lights tender today directly docked alongside the aids to navigation authority HQ in Dun Laoghaire Harbour which involved weaving a navigation around the inner harbour’s marina, writes Jehan Ashmore. The docking of…
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross meets Stephen Kelly, Irish Lights while visiting the Irish Lights headquaters and marine depot in Dun Laoghaire
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#MinisterVisit - Minister for Transport, Shane Ross paid a visit to the Commissioners of Irish Lights headquarters in Dun Laoghaire Harbour recently. Irish Lights operate an essential safety navigation service around the island of Ireland aimed at protecting people, property…
Loop Head Lighthouse – The increase in visitors represents the fifth successive annual increase in visitor numbers at the West Clare landmark
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A record number of people visited Loop Head Lighthouse on the Shannon Estuary in County Clare during 2016. Figures from Clare County Council show that 27,274 people visited the lighthouse during the opening period up to Sunday 2 October compared…
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Wicklow Head lighthouse is one of 12 Great Lighthouse of Ireland to win a silver prize at the Responsible Tourism Awards
Aquatic Tourism
Maritime tourism operators featured at the 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards announced at a ceremony yesterday in Dublin. In the best for Natural Heritage Tourism category, a silver award went to Sea Synergy Marine Awareness & Activity Centre (Co. Kerry). The marine interpretive…
New Stamps Commemorate Irish Lights
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#IrishLights - An Post has today (Thursday 6 October) a set of stamps to commemorate the Commissioners of Irish Lights. There are four stamps in the collection designed by Vermillion Design, featuring Irish Lights staff working on a buoy; a…
The old lighthouse and buoy tender, Isolda
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#Exhibition - The Commissioners of Irish Lights have joined the Royal Irish Academy to bring an exhibition that captures the history of Irish Lights, the history of the island of Ireland itself, its ever-changing coasts and shorelines, and the history…
St John's Point Lighthouse in Co Down
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#Lighthouses - Guardian travel writer Yvonne Gordon was impressed by a recent visit to St John’s Point Lighthouse in Co Down, part of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland tourism initiative launched last year. In operation since the Victorian era, the…
An artist's impression of Hall McKnight's winning design for the Mew Island Optic on Belfast's waterfront
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#MewIslandOptic - A rare lighthouse lens that helped guide ships into Belfast Lough for more than a century is to get a new home on the city's waterfront, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The optic from Mew Island Lighthouse, one…
An illumination of Haulbowline Lighthouse off Carlingford Lough begins today and throughout August (from dusk to 11:00 pm) to commemorate centenary of a shipping disaster that happened near the lighthouse.
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#Illuminated - Haulbowline Lighthouse tower off Carlingford Lough, will be illuminated from today, beginning at dusk until 11:00pm tonight. The illumination according to the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) will continue during the month of August and at the same…

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