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As part of Trinity House’s Merchant Navy Scholarship Scheme, the AFBI is to place Trinity House cadets on board their research vessel MV Corystes, which AFOAT adds is based out of Belfast Harbour. The AFBI pursue an integrated marine science programme in Northern Ireland’s coastal waters, the Irish Sea and adjacent sea areas and Corystes also undertakes fishery work in direct support of policy objectives of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
The General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales and the Channel Islands, Trinity House have partnered with the Agri-Foods and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) to enhance opportunities to Merchant Navy cadets.  The Merchant Navy Scholarship Scheme (MNSS) will create new Deck and Engineer…
Limerick Clare Amateur Radio Club members Derek and Alan operating in Loop Head Lighthouse using voice communication as part of the 26th annual International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW)
Over the weekend, members of the Limerick Clare Amateur Radio Club gathered at Loop Head Lighthouse on the Shannon Estuary for the 26th annual International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. The club made contact with lighthouses and lightships from around the world, including…
Loop Head Lighthouse at the entrance to the Shannon Estuary is an ideal location for long-distance radio communication attempts due to its isolated location on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean
Amateur radio enthusiasts from across Ireland's midwest gathered at Loop Head Lighthouse Experience on the Shannon Estuary in County Clare over the weekend to participate in the 26th annual International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW). The event, which saw the…
LISW23: Trinity House, the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales, the Channel Islands is to bring their THV Galatea into the Pool of London during London International Shipping Week (LISW23) the ‘must attend’ global shipping event  held between 11-15 September. The multi-function buoy tender will served as a venue for a number of events for industry, government and to showcase maritime training and careers.
Trinity House, the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales and Channel Islands, has signed up to join London International Shipping Week 2023 (11-15 September). The GLA's multi-function buoy tender THV Galatea is to visit the Pool of London where…
Scottish Strike: Seafarers, base assistants, cooks and technicians working for the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) have today walked out for a second time after being offered a 2% pay rise. Above strikers exactly a month ago at the first protest in Oban, where AFLOAT adds, in the background is the NLV Pharos an aids to navigation vessel. The NLB is the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) responsible for Scotland's lighthouses and also the Isle of Man.
In Scotland lighthouse workers today, 27 July, are to take part in a second wave of industrial action in a long-running dispute over pay with the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB). The union UNITE has confirmed that its NLB members will…
Caroline Bocquel, CEO Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and Yvonne Shields, CEO The Commissioners of Irish Lights partner on innovative training course for local lighthouse authorities
The Commissioners of Irish Lights (Irish Lights) and Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency, have collaborated to launch an online training course aimed at Local Lighthouse Authorities. The course, delivered through BIM’s Learning Management System, consists of six…
The joint initiative between Trinity House and Hill Robinson will offer sponsorship opportunities to young people enrolling in officer cadet training
The General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales and Channel Islands, Trinity House is joining forces with Hill Robinson to create a new pathway for young people seeking careers as officers in the superyacht industry. Part of Trinity House’s Merchant…
Irish Lights introduces new Local Aids to Navigation Management Portal
The Commissioners of Irish Lights has announced the launch of its new Local Aids to Navigation Management Portal for use by ports, harbours, local authorities, and other bodies who manage aids to navigation at a local level. This state-of-the-art online…
Berthed at Oban west Scotland is the NLV Pole Star, one of two aids to navigation tenders based at Northern Lighthouse Board's Depot, where workers held a historic first strike-action.
In Scotland a historic picket line took place in Oban on the west coast as Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) members on Monday went on strike for the first time. Around 20 Unite the Union members working for the NLB, which…
Trinity House's multi-functional tender, THV Patricia leading the Battle of the Atlantic 80th anniversary convoy on the River Mersey in Liverpool which was held last month. The 86m veteran vessel dating to 1982, operates around the coast of England, Wales and the Channel Islands undertaking aid to navigation maintenance work, towing, wreck location and marking amongst other projects.
Trinity House, the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales and Channel Islands, will not award a contract for the replacement of THV Patricia under the current procurement process. The GLA however intends to commence a new procurement process in…
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Irish Lights is currently recruiting for an executive assistant to the chief executive. Based in Dun Laoghaire, the successful candidate will work closely with the chief executive to optimise the management of their schedule and ensure the office activities are…
Ireland has ratified a new convention that will enable will collaboration and development of consistent standards and practises at international level.
The Irish Government has ratified the Convention on the International Organisation for Marine Aids to Navigation which will support safe and efficient navigation around our coasts.  As shipping and offshore activity continues to grow, the new Convention will enable collaboration…
In a ballot, carried out by Unite Scotland, 90.6% of members from the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) voted for strike action with dates to be announced by the union in due course. The NLB maintains more than 200 lighthouses, beacons and buoys in the waters of Scotland and the Isle of Man from where is located the Maughold Head Lighthouse.
In the seas of Scotland and the Isle of Man, safety could be “compromised” after lighthouse workers voted for strike action amid a dispute over pay. Members of the Unite the Union, commonly known as Unite, carried out a ballot…
Rare opportunity as The Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse in west Cork will for two days next month be made open to the public to enter and take in the wonderful coastal view.
The Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse in west Cork is closed to the public for most of the year, however there will be a rare opportunity for the public to enter the lighthouse next month. Locals and tourists alike will…
Lighthouse pay dispute as workers warn sea beacons 'could go out' if strikes approved. The Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) maintain 208 lighthouses across Scotland and the Isle of Man. AFLOAT adds, above is Fair Isle South which on 31st March, marked the 25th Anniversary of when the last of Scotland’s manned lighthouses was automated. The historic event also signalled the end of Scotland’s 200-year-old tradition of lighthouse keeping. The optic uses a MFR rotating LED and is the first of a new generation for NLB.
In Scotland workers at the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) the General Lighthouse Authority for the country and the Isle of Man, are set to vote on whether to walk out for the first time in a dispute over pay. The…
The Northern Lighthouse Board which has its headquarters in Edinburgh, is the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) responsible for the lighthouses and buoys in Scotland and the Isle of Man where above at Douglas last year, their aids to navigation tender NLV Pharos (based in Oban) made a rare port of call. AFLOAT tracked today, the Irish Lights buoy-laying tender ILV Granuaile which is bound for Manx waters, as vessels from the combined GLA fleet, incl. Trinity House (that serves England, Wales and Channel Islands) share ships when required due to operational reasons. ILV Granuaile also during its career has been chartered-out for commercial purposes.
The Northern Lighthouse Board, the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for Scotland and the Isle of Man, is based in Edinburgh where the headquarters of the GLA is undergoing a major refurbishment. Located at 84 George Street, the headquarters of the…

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Great Lighthouses of Ireland

St John's Point, Co Donegal 
Fanad Head, Co Donegal
Rathlin West Light, Co Antrim
Blackhead, Co Antrim
St John’s Point, Co Down
Wicklow Head, Co Wicklow
The Great Light and Titanic Walkway, Belfast
Hook, Co Wexford
Ballycotton, Co Cork
Galley Head, Co Cork
Valentia Island, Co Kerry
Loop Head, Co Clare
Clare Island, Co Mayo
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