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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
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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…
Fastnet Lighthouse
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#Lighthouses - Fastnet Rock is part of a new €1.3 million, three-year project studying the effects of wave action on offshore lighthouses around the UK and Ireland. As Phys.org reports, the STORMLAMP project – or STructural behaviour Of Rock Mounted…
Yvonne Shields, Chief Executive of Irish Lights with the backdrop of the old Baily Lighthouse optic at the National Maritime Museum of Ireland in Dun Laoghaire
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#GreatLighthouses - This May Bank Holiday (30 April-2 May) kick start your summer and get out to visit the Great Lighthouses on this island for a weekend of fun, discovery, stories and thrills. Walk through time, meet fifth-century monks, medieval…
‘Hook Lighthouse’ was painted by 15–year–old Emer O’Doherty, a pupil at Gorey Community School. Viewing the work is Valero Texaco Marketing Manager, Bronagh Carron
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This painting of the Hook Head Lighthouse is one of many with a nautical theme submitted for judging in this year’s 62nd Texaco Children’s Art Competition. Appropriately entitled ‘Hook Lighthouse’, it was painted by 15–year–old Emer O’Doherty, a pupil at…
Loop Head Lighthouse reopens this weekend
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Loop Head Lighthouse in West Clare, one of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland, will reopen to the public this Saturday (March 12th 2016). Clare County Council, which manages the facility in conjunction with the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL), says…

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