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Valentia Island Lighthouse at Historic Cromwell Fort Opens to Public for First Time
On Sunday the 2nd of June the Valentia Island Lighthouse will be officially open to the public for the first time. The project will put this heritage site in the hands of the community with a long term lease to…
German Media Treated To Loop Head Lighthouse Tour
#Lighthouse - German journalists were recently taken on a tour of Loop Head Lighthouse to give our European neighbours a taste of Ireland's maritime heritage. The group - including writers from the likes of respected news magazine Der Spiegel -…
Lighthouse Tender Carries Out Trial Runs Since Modifications
#LighthouseTender- ILV Granuaile the aids to navigation tender is carrying out another trial run of systems at sea today in Dublin Bay and off Greystones, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on, the Commissioners of Irish Lights 79m tender…
Loop Head Lighthouse Opens for 2013 Tourist Season
#loophead – The 2013 tourist season at Loop Head Lighthouse in County Clare commences this weekend as the West Clare landmark opens to the public for the first time this year. The 19th century lighthouse will be opened for its…
Modification Work for Irish Lights Aids to Navigation Vessel
#LighthouseTender – The Commissioners of Irish Lights ILV Granuaile (2000/2,625grt) an aids to navigation tender vessel, is undergoing steel modification works while berthed in Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. Work on the 79m long tender which is moored at Sir…
Fancy a Break in a Lighthouse?
#Lighthouses – Ever fancied a break staying in a lighthouse, away in some remote stretch of coastline, then look no further. The Irish Landmark Trust, have five such lighthouse properties dotted around the coast in which the public can rent…
Lecture: Lighthouse Memories of “Round Ireland Lighthouse Tour”
#LighthouseLecture- An illustrated lecture: 'Round Ireland Lighthouses Tour' by John Donnelly and Brian Maguire will be held next Wednesday (16th Jan.) at Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club, Ringsend, in the heart of Dublin Port. Donnelly and Maguire worked as Engineers…
Lighthouse Tender Carries Out Replenishment at Sea with Naval Service
#JOINT EXERCISE – A replenishment at sea exercise (RAS) was carried out between the ILV Granuaile of the Commissioners of Irish Lights and the Naval Service CPV L.É. Ciara (P42) earlier this week. The exercise is part of ongoing cooperation…
Software Firm Moves Into Baily Lighthouse
#LIGHTHOUSES - A software firm specialising in emergency response technology has made its new home at the Baily Lighthouse in Dublin Bay, according to The Irish Times. The Howth Head lighthouse is the last in the State to become fully…
Cork Dockyard Carries Out Docking Survey of Lighthouse Tender
#DOCKING SURVEY– The Commissioners of Irish Lights aids to navigation tender ILV Granuaile (2000/2,625grt) is currently at Cork Dockyard Ltd undergoing her scheduled docking survey, writes Jehan Ashmore. The tender built in Romania over a decade ago and fitted out…
Another Lightship Extinguished into History
#LIGHTSHIPS – As each day passes, quite literally chunks of Irish maritime heritage are been rapidly consigned to history, as work on scrapping the former lightship ALF Skua takes place on the North Quay in Arklow, writes Jehan Ashmore. As…
Irish Lights Headquarters to Open to the Public
#OPEN HOUSE- The Commissioners of Irish Lights headquarters in Dun Laoghaire Harbour is to be made open to the public with tours on Sunday (7 October) as part of the annual Open House Weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The iconic landmark…
Loop Head Lighthouse To Open On Weekends During September
Clare County Council has announced that Loop Head Lighthouse will remain open to members of the public each weekend during the month of September. The extension of the opening period follows on from a successful summer season that has seen…
Loop Head Lighthouse Proves Major Tourism Draw
#lighthouse – Up to Monday (13 August 2012), 9691 adults and 2870 children had visited the historic West Clare landmark at Loop Head. Clare County Council, along with Shannon Development, Loop Head Tourism and the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL),…
Loop Head Lighthouse Hits the Air Waves
#lighthouse – Loop Head Lighthouse in County Clare will be amongst hundreds of lighthouses and lightships worldwide to participate in a unique event aimed at promoting public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and their need for preservation and restoration. The…
Shields Leads New Era for Commissioners of Irish Lights
#LIGHTHOUSES - Making strides in renewable energy and working in harmony with the country's marine resources are top of the agenda for the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) under new chief executive Yvonne Shields. Though its main focus will remain…

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