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Video Shows French Lighthouse Keepers' Daredevil Shift Change
#Lighthouses - Check out this amazing video (care of the Irish Coast Guard's Facebook page) of daredevil lighthouse keepers changing shift off the coast of France. With the rough seas far too choppy for boats to move in close to…
New Light Unveiled at Landmark Ardnakinn Lighthouse on Bere Island, County Cork
#lighthouse – The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) have unveiled a new light emitting diode (LED) light at Ardnakinna lighthouse on Bere Island, Co. Cork on Wednesday 18th June 2014. This sectored light marks the western entrance to Castletownbere. The…
New LED Light on Inisheer and Exhibition of Old Plassy Wreck
#PlassyWreckExhibition- As previously reported on, Inisheer Lighthouse on the easternmost of the Aran Islands, was installed with a new light emitting diode (LED) light by the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) last month. The Iighthouse is a highly important…
After Buoy Damage Irish Lights (CIL) Requests Mariners To Report Defects to Aids to Navigation
#buoys – A vital Aid to Navigation buoy deployed by the Commissioners of Irish Lights to mark the Lucifer Bank on the South East Coast of Ireland has sustained significant damage due to a collision with an unidentified vessel on…
New Low Maintenance LED Light at Inisheer Lighthouse on Aran Islands
The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) have unveiled a new light emitting diode (LED) light at Inisheer lighthouse on Wednesday 21st May 2014. Inisheer Lighthouse is a highly important Aid to Navigation (AtoN). This AtoN safeguards the considerable traffic between…
Finnish Buoys to Join Irish on Performance Testing of ‘Spars’ on the Irish Sea
#FinnishBuoys – Finnish state-owned company Meritaito Ltd, originally Finnish Maritime Administration are joining forces with Commissioners of Irish Lights on testing of 'spar' buoys normally used in Baltic Sea ice-flows and not the Irish Sea, writes Jehan Ashmore. Meritaito which…
Take A Virtual Tour Of Hook Head Lighthouse
#Lighthouses - The world's oldest operational lighthouse is worth a visit for any tourists in the Sunny Southeast, but now anyone can take a virtual tour of the Hook Head lighthouse from the comfort of their own home - or…
Popular Loop Head Lighthouse Opens this Easter Weekend
The Loop Head Lighthouse in West Clare will reopen to the public this Saturday (April 19th 2014), Clare County Council has announced. The Local Authority, which manages the facility in conjunction with the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL), says the…
Trinity House Celebrates 500th Anniversary Maritime Milestone
#lighthouses – A London maritime institution with strong Irish connections stretching back over 500 years is opening its doors to the public to celebrate an important maritime birthday next month.  In 1514 a young King Henry VIII granted a Royal…
Worker Left Dangling From NI Lighthouse Rescued
#Lighthouses - reports on the rescue of a repairman left dangling 40 feet in the air from the side of a lighthouse in Northern Ireland after the scaffolding he was standing on collapsed. The NI Ambulance Service tweeted this…
Commissioners of Irish Lights Seek Views on Usability of Aids to Navigation
#lighthouses – Aids to navigation and their reliability are constantly monitored by CIL, Ireland's safety-critical marine organisation via a sophisticated network of remote coastal communications links. This ensures Ireland's coastal navigation network of 72 lighthouses, 29 beacons, and 118 buoys…
Lectures: Baily Lighthouse - A Shining Light Across Dublin Bay
#BailyTalks - In association with Engineers Week, a talk about the history and development in the lights at the Baily lighthouse, will be held in front of the historic Baily optic which today holds centre stage at the National Maritime…
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…
Irish Lights Ready for Marine Emergencies, Helicopter EC135 Available for Offshore Stations
#lighthouses – As we face into a period of stormy weather over the Christmas period Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) stands ready to respond to any marine emergency in Irish Waters. CIL is responsible for the maintenance of physical and electronic…
Replacement of Crucial Eagle Island Atlantic Lighthouse by Helicopter Lift
#lighthouse – A challenging lighthouse redevelopment project has been completed on one of the most testing sites on the Irish Atlantic coast. The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) has completed a re-construction and modernisation project at Eagle Island Lighthouse in…
Loop Head Lighthouse Attracts 19,000 Visitors
#loophead – Figures released today show that over 19,000 people (14,101 adults, 5,082 children) visited Loop Head Lighthouse during the six-month opening period up to Sunday, 29 September. Clare County Council, which manages the facility in conjunction with the Commissioners…

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