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Loop Head Lighthouse in County Clare
Irish Lights today launched a new five-year strategy which maps out its vision for the delivery of next generation maritime services to protect lives, property, trade and the environment, at the organisation’s HQ in Dún Laoghaire. Irish Lights is a…
The Titanic Walkway is being delivered by Titanic Quarter Limited and funded by Tourism Northern Ireland. The 500 metres of footpath will link the Titanic and Olympic Slipways to Alexandra Dock, where HMS Caroline is berthed.  The path will accommodate pedestrians and will add significantly to the Titanic Quarter public realm. The contractors for the project are McAvoys Contracts Ltd, who commenced work on site in May 2017. Both the Titanic Walkway and Great Light projects will be completed and opened to the public in November 2017.
Belfast Lough's offering as a maritime heritage destination has been given a major boost today as two iconic attractions – the Great Light and Titanic Walkway – officially opened to the public in Titanic Quarter.  The opening event was also…
More cruise ships at sea every year but what about their navigation lights
There have been a number of warnings about seamanship and navigational issues in the past few weeks that are important as the sailing season draws nearer. I wonder if the boating community takes enough notice of them? Gail McAllister, who ran…
Unchanged since 1904 – the Fastnet Rock light sending out its signal to competitors in the Beaufort Trophy Series in Cork Week 2016
Concern has been expressed in West Cork about the effect of a proposed reduction in power in the Fastnet Rock Light after the Commissioners of Irish Lights have completed work at the famous Lighthouse during 2018 and 2019. In a…
Hook Head lighthouse has announced that it will host another unusual event this Good Friday - a Sunset Tour Experience
The world’s oldest original operational lighthouse at Hook Head has been developing a series of unusual events. To mark the “beginning of Spring” it celebrates Ireland’s ‘Fire Goddess', by staging the first Imbolc Festival to be celebrated at the 800-year-old lighthouse.…
The buoy has been deployed to test a wave generator system. The buoy is an IALA Special Mark, yellow in colour, bearing a yellow ‘X’ topmark with the light characteristic Fl.Y.5s.
The Commissioners of Irish Lights have deployed a temporary buoy in Scotsman’s Bay in south of Dublin Bay.  The buoy has been deployed to test a wave generator system. The buoy is an IALA Special Mark, yellow in colour, bearing a…
Morning has broken as the biggest boat in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017, the JV 115 (Tom Brewer) rounds the Fastnet Rock.
#Presentation - Friends of Glenua are to hold a presentation entitled: “From the Aegean to the Fastnet Race 2017-Trom agus Éadrom” The presentation by Dermot Cronin will take place on Thursday 1 March (20:00) at the Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club,…
Unchanging icon? The Fastnet Rock with the coast of West Cork beyond.
The Fastnet Rock and its lighthouse – the most southerly part of Ireland - make up one of the best-recognised maritime structures in the world writes W M Nixon. Symbol, icon, emblem, signpost of the ocean – you name it,…
At 107 years old, the Dublin built former Irish Lights 'lightship' which was later converted to a three-masted schooner is seen above last year at Inveraray, Scotland. The 100ft vessel which had been a static maritime museum ship there on Loch Fyne for many years is to be finally restored into sea-going condition but based out of the Irish Sea port of Barrow, England.
#tallships- Last year a visit to Scotland was made to investigate a former Irish Lights lightship dating to 1910 that in much more recent years had been a museumship there but is now to be found relocated in England to…
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
#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.
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
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
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
#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
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
#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…

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