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Culture Night 2017 (Friday 22 September) Among those events with a maritime setting is the Harvest Moon Celebration taking place at Hook Head Lighthouse, Co. Wexford
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#CutlureNight - Among the numerous events of Culture Night 2017 there are those with a distinct maritime theme. A notable event taking place on the night (Friday 22 Sept) is the annual Harvest Moon celebration at Hook Head Lighthouse, Co.…
Hook Head is the oldest operational lighthouse in the world, purpose-built all of 800 years ago and later this month it will host its second annual Harvest Moon celebration on ‘Culture Night’ – Friday, September 22.
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Hook Head Lighthouse is one of 70 operated by the Commissioners of Irish Lights around the coast of Ireland and plays a vital role in maritime safety. It is also one of twelve lighthouses which make up Great Lighthouses of…
Ballycotton Island Lighthouse
Tom MacSweeney
A few weeks ago I rounded Ballycotton Island on the East Cork coastline, sailing beneath the iconic, dramatic black lighthouse which towers 195 feet above sea level. It was erected in 1851, the construction led by the renowned engineer George…
Dr.Michael Kennedy and the disappearance of the South Arklow Lightship
Tom MacSweeney
The Irish Lights issued a statement about the South Arklow Lightship that didn’t tell the full story. Their official explanation that it was missing off station was that it had “disappeared.” In reality it had been sunk! Dr. Michael Kennedy…
Irish Lights aids to navigation tender ILV Granuaile seen slowing moving astern within her homeport of Dun Laoghaire Harbour
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#Rescue116 - The Commissioners of Irish Lights aids to navigation tender ILV Granuaile is to carry out a four-day ROV search operation beginning this weekend at the site of the Rescue 116 helicopter crash off Black Rock Lighthouse.  The ILV…
Dr.Michael Kennedy speaking to the UCC conference about the South Arklow lighthship
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The disappearance of the South Arklow Lightship during World War One when it was sunk by a German submarine has been highlighted at a maritime conference in University College Cork, as an example that the First World War was fought…
The rare lighthouse optic will shine over Belfast's waterfront as ‘The Great Light’ thanks to £332k in UK Lottery heritage funding
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#MewIslandOptic - The Titanic Foundation has secured funding to restore the famous Mew Island Optic for installation at Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. Plans have been in motion of more than a year to display the rare lighthouse lens on the city’s…
Bobby Kerr announced as Chair of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland, with Captain Harry McClenahan, on board the Granuaile at Seafest
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The Great Lighthouses of Ireland Partnership, the all-island tourism initiative developed by the Commissioners of Irish Lights, has announced Insomnia Chairman, Entrepreneur and TV and radio personality Bobby Kerr as the new Independent Chairperson to support the project’s development. A…
The weekend marked the 200th anniversary of the lighting of the first light at Roche's Point
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To mark the 200th anniversary of the lighting of the first light at Roches Point at the entrance to Cork Harbour, the lighthouse was opened to the public on Saturday, 4 June.  In the birthday celebrations, Cork Harbour Heritage Alliance…
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
Kinsale
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…

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