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The General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) responsible for the waters off England, Wales & Channel Islands, Trinity House last month secured UK Ministerial approval to launch for the tender process of its Vessel Replacement Project.This will see the disposal of the ageing THV Patricia, dating to 1982 and representing as AFLOAT adds the last of the 'traditional' designed aids to navigation tenders where operations are conducted between the bridge and the bow. Above the handsome well proportioned ship captured by AFLOAT arrives on a rare call in Dun Laoghaire Harbour (East Pier) with in the background Irish Lights tender, ILV Granuaile in Dynamic Positioning (DP) mode while off the port's western bight.
The General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales and Channel Islands, Trinity House which has a project to commission the design and build of a vessel to replace THV Patricia has reached a major milestone following UK Ministerial approval to…
As part of the Dublin Festival of History, Dr Eoin Kinsella will present a talk on Irish Lighthouses and Safeguarding Ireland’s Coasts 1914–23. The free -online event is tomorrow, Thursday, 7 October
As part of the Dublin Festival of History, Dr Eoin Kinsella will give a talk entitled Lighthouses, Lightships and the Commissioners of Irish Lights, Safeguarding Ireland’s Coasts 1914–23. The free online-held event presented by Irish Lights on Thursday, 7th October…
Guided tours of Hook Head lighthouse have resumed at the Co. Wexford coast, where there has been a guiding light for 800 years at the oldest intact working lighthouse in the world.
This week guided tours have resumed at the 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse following the latest easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Visitors are allowed back inside the Co. Wexford attraction following a long hiatus stretching to October of last year, while the grounds…
The late Bill Scanlan at Mutton Island lighthouse in May 2004
Tributes have been paid to former lightkeeper and maritime historian Bill Scanlan, who died this summer after a long illness. “A treasure to Galway, the city he loved and was so proud to promote to everyone he met,” is how…
Image of Northern Lighthouse Board's newbuild buoy-tender vessel to replace NLV Pole Star, based in Oban, west Scotland. As AFLOAT adds the vessel built in 2000 by Ferguson Shipbuilders, Port Glasgow, for NLB, one of three General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) in Ireland & UK, has carried out duties on behalf of Irish Lights where operations dictated redeployment of vessels. For example AFLOAT notes NLV Pole Star has worked out of Dun Laoghaire Harbour having berthed at the jetty of the East Pier.
The General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for Scotland and the Isle of Man, the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) has embarked on a project to replace the NLV Pole Star after more than two decades in service. NLV Pole Star is nearing…
Today is World Marine Aids to Navigation Day and above is an Irish Lights Aids to Navigation (AtoN) the Rusk buoy off the East coast. The AtoN is seen about to be hoisted on board the aft deck of their buoy-laying tender vessel ILV Granuaile.
IALA hosts the World Marine Aids to Navigation Day (WATON) which for this year will also be celebrated virtually, writes Jehan Ashmore. The International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) is a non-profit, international technical association…
Artist Kenneth King's depiction of a German bomber over the lightship Isolda off the Wexford coast on December 19th, 1940. Six Dun Laoghaire men died and 22 survived
There are no words to describe the impact on relatives and friends of having someone lost at sea, but Elleesa Rushby’s own family experience is informing research she is undertaking on its toll. It is known as ambiguous loss, and…
Valentia Island Lighthouse in County Kerry
Valentia Island Lighthouse has announced the launch of a new visitor experience, ‘Leading Lights at Cromwell Point’ and the re-opening for the 2021 season. ‘Leading Lights at Cromwell Point’ will deliver a whole new experience to the visitors, a journey…
Small boat, big buoy. An Irish Lights tender tows a buoy back to the harbour depot at Dun Laoghaire
Irish Lights carry out a constant maintenance and monitoring service for its buoy fleet around the coast from its headquarters at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Buoys are prepared to the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA)…
Blacksod Lighthouse in County Mayo
Facebook Videographer Ronan Kelly's tour of Blacksod lighthouse in County Mayo includes an interview with keeper Vincent Sweeney who reveals a special connection with the lighthouse, his mother and the D-Day landings.  Kelly, who travels around Ireland by bike and gathers…
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An abandoned lighthouse on the largest Aran island off Galway bay is for sale for over half a million euros. As reports today, the lighthouse and ruined buildings command a view of the Atlantic from the island’s highest point.…
Artist Kenneth King's depiction of a German bomber over the lightship Isolda off the Wexford coast on December 19th, 1940. Six Dun Laoghaire men died and 22 survived
Six Dun Laoghaire mariners never came home for Christmas 80 years ago, when their lightship was attacked and sunk by a German bomber aircraft off the Wexford coast. Now, the grand-daughter of one of those lost has appealed to other…
Dunmore East harbourmaster Capt Deirdre Lane. Scroll down for podcast interview
Master mariners, meteorologists and marine biologists are some of the professions held by about 160 women working in the Irish maritime sector. Two mariners, Capt Caitríona Dowling and Capt Deirdre Lane know what it is like to pursue a career…
All proceeds from the sale of The Lighthouse Storybook will directly support the work of Children in Hospital Ireland and the Northern Ireland Hospice
Young authors have contributed to a new book published by The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) which aims to benefit two charities. The organisation’s Young Storykeepers’ Project has put together The Lighthouse Storybook, a collection of stories written by young…
The new position of the Skulmartin Buoy off County Diown
The Commissioners of Irish Lights has, in the Notice to Mariners 05/2020, given notice that on 30th October or as soon as circumstances permitted, the existing Skulmartin Buoy off the north County Down coast, is to be repositioned. The existing…
A Sligo councillor recalls a journey from Coney Island with faulty lights leading to Sligo Harbour where also some 5kms along the coast offshore is The Metal Man. The 19th century beacon had received recently a paint makeover.
A north-west councillor has described how on a recent journey by boat from Coney Island to Sligo Harbour one evening recently it became apparent that the majority of lights in the harbour aren't working. As The Sligo Champion reports, Councillor…

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