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When Irish Lights Are Shining in the Scilly Isles
#IrishLightsScilly – ILV Granuaile, the Commissioners of Irish Lights aids to navigation tender is understood to have carried out work for the first time within waters of the Isles of Scilly, writes Jehan Ashmore. The tender's call in this week…
Second 'Spar' Trial Buoy Deployed on The Irish Sea
#SPARbuoys – The second of a pair of Finnish Spar tube type buoys has been deployed by the Commissioners of Irish Lights at the Bennet Bank station on the outer fringes of Dublin Bay,writes Jehan Ashmore. ILV Granuaile, the aids…
Finnish Baltic Sea 'Spar' Buoy Deployed On Irish Sea Trials
#BalticSPARbuoys – The first of two Finnish 'Spar' tube type buoys was deployed in the Irish Sea yesterday by the Commissioners of Irish Lights as part of a trial comparison programme of these buoys normally used in Baltic Sea ice-flow…
Irish Lights Tender Departs Cork Following Dry Docking Sea-Trials
#DryDocking - ILV Granuaile (2000/2,625grt) departed Cork Harbour and is bound for Rosslare Harbour this evening having undergone dry-docking, writes Jehan Ashmore. Among the work carried out on the Commissioners of Irish Lights tender at Cork Dockyard were some service…
Northern Lights Scottish Star Set South to Homeport of Irish Lights
#PoleStar – Northern Lighthouse Board's aids to navigation tender NLB Pole Star which normally serves in Scottish waters and also has responsibility for the Isle of Man, made a brief call to Dun Laoghaire Harbour over the weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore.…
Commissioners of Irish Lights Seek Feedback on New Spar Buoys Trial
The Commissioners of Irish Lights are seeking feedback from users on the visual and radar detection performance of new buoys in varying states of weather and sea state on the Irish East Coast.  As previously reported on, the 'Spar'…
First Phase of All-Ireland Lighthouse Trail Planned For Next Summer
#Lighthouses - The Irish Examiner reports on the new All-Ireland Lighthouse Trail that's planned to launch next summer, eventually linking 20 lights across the border. The initial phase of the project, which was first announced more than a year ago,…
Minister Welcomes Arrangements With UK Over Ships’ Light Dues
#Lighthouses - Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe today announced an agreement with his UK counterpart Minister John Hayes for light dues paid by ships coming into ports in Ireland and the United Kingdom from April 2015. Light…
Open House Dublin: Tours of Irish Lights Headquarters
#IrishLightsHQ - The striking designed headquarters of the Commissioners of Irish Lights is one of numerous places of interest to visit in this year's Open House Dublin. The iconic landmark building that integrates seamlessly into its marine environment along the…
New Lighthouse Helicopter Contract Awarded For UK & Ireland
#cil –The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLAs) of the UK and Ireland have announced a £13M seven-year contract to PDG Helicopters for the provision of helicopter services to cover all three Authorities according to the PDG website here. The provision of…
Record Visitor Numbers at Loop Head Lighthouse
#loopheadlight – Visitors to Loop Head Lighthouse increased by 7.5% during the West Clare landmark's 6-month opening period up to yesterday (Sunday, October 5th). Figures released today by Clare County Council, which manages the facility in conjunction with the Commissioners…
Former Scottish Lighthouse Tender to Be Converted into Luxury ‘Boatique’ Hotel Close to Last Royal Yacht Britannia
#FloatingHotel - The operators of UK's last royal yacht, Britannia, a major visitor attraction in Leith have acquired Fingal, a former Scottish tender of the Northern Lighthouse Board, which on occasions worked in Irish waters having called to Dun Laoghaire…
Trinity House to Celebrate 500th with ‘Open Day’ at London Headquarters
#lighthouses – Among the events celebrating the 500th anniversary of Trinity House this year which included the launch of a commemorative photographic book as previously reported, an 'Open Day' is to be held on 20 September at their headquarters in…
Light Through a Lens: An illustrated Celebration of 500 Years of Trinity House
#lighthouse – In 1514, Henry VIII granted the Corporation of Trinity House a royal charter establishing it as an authority in maritime matters within his kingdom. Later its remit was expanded to include responsibility for the provision and maintenance of…
Ham Radio Users Light Up the Airwaves at Loop Head
#loophead – A group of amateur ham radio operators will wind back the clock at Loop Head Lighthouse this weekend when they attempt to communicate via radio and Morse code with hundreds of radio clubs throughout the world. The Limerick…
Loop Head Lighthouse Visitor Numbers Up
#loophead – One of Clare's newest and most popular tourism attractions, Loop Head Lighthouse has recorded an increase in visitor numbers this summer compared to 2013. New figures show that the expansion of services at Shannon Airport and the designation…

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