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Six Lighthouses Damaged But Still Operational As Country Counts Cost Of Storm Damage

8th January 2014
Six Lighthouses Damaged But Still Operational As Country Counts Cost Of Storm Damage

#Lighthouses - Six lighthouses around the Irish coast were damaged by this week's stormy weather but remained operational, as The Irish Times reports.

The Commissioners of Irish Lights has since begun an aerial inspection of the coastline from Tuskar Rock off Wexford to Inishtrahull in Donegal to assess the extend of structural damage as hurricane-strength winds and massive surf assaulted the island of Ireland.

Worst affected as the lighthouse on Inis Oírr in the Aran Islands, where windows were blown in and a perimeter wall was collapsed.

Meanwhile, an approach light on Inishbofin off Connemara that was blown away in the storms will be replaced by a temporary battery-operated lantern.

The extreme conditions are also thought to be responsible for two fatal dolphin strandings in the Galway region, in Salthill close to the city and Roundstone in western Connemara.

The Irish Times has much more on the story HERE.

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