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Lighthouse Trail to Conserve Maritime Heritage of Ireland
The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) are celebrating the launch of the first ever all-Ireland lighthouse tourism trail with Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar and Arlene Foster MLA, Minister for the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investement.…
Loop Head Lighthouse Radio Club Make International Connections
#loophead – A group of amateur ham radio operators from Limerick, Clare, Kerry and Tipperary successfully managed to make contact from Loop Head Lighthouse with 350 other radio clubs throughout the world at the weekend. The Limerick Radio Club broadcast…
Get Hooked: Calling All Lighthouse Keepers & Enthusiasts
#HookLighthouse – Hook Head Lighthouse which is run by Hook Heritage is in conjunction with the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) delighted to announce their flagship Gathering Event to be held in September. An exciting weekend is to take place…
Irish Lights Deploys UK Met Office Buoy 250 miles off France
#UKMetOfficeBuoy – The Commissioners of Irish Lights tender ILV Granuaile (2000/2,625grt) successfully deployed a KI buoy recently for the UK's Met Office. The positioning of the deep-water mooring buoy took place some 250 miles west of the French port of…
Valentia Island Lighthouse at Historic Cromwell Fort Opens to Public for First Time
On Sunday the 2nd of June the Valentia Island Lighthouse will be officially open to the public for the first time. The project will put this heritage site in the hands of the community with a long term lease to…
German Media Treated To Loop Head Lighthouse Tour
#Lighthouse - German journalists were recently taken on a tour of Loop Head Lighthouse to give our European neighbours a taste of Ireland's maritime heritage. The group - including writers from the likes of respected news magazine Der Spiegel -…
Lighthouse Tender Carries Out Trial Runs Since Modifications
#LighthouseTender- ILV Granuaile the aids to navigation tender is carrying out another trial run of systems at sea today in Dublin Bay and off Greystones, writes Jehan Ashmore. As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Commissioners of Irish Lights 79m tender…
Loop Head Lighthouse Opens for 2013 Tourist Season
#loophead – The 2013 tourist season at Loop Head Lighthouse in County Clare commences this weekend as the West Clare landmark opens to the public for the first time this year. The 19th century lighthouse will be opened for its…
Modification Work for Irish Lights Aids to Navigation Vessel
#LighthouseTender – The Commissioners of Irish Lights ILV Granuaile (2000/2,625grt) an aids to navigation tender vessel, is undergoing steel modification works while berthed in Dublin Port, writes Jehan Ashmore. Work on the 79m long tender which is moored at Sir…
Fancy a Break in a Lighthouse?
#Lighthouses – Ever fancied a break staying in a lighthouse, away in some remote stretch of coastline, then look no further. The Irish Landmark Trust, have five such lighthouse properties dotted around the coast in which the public can rent…
Lecture: Lighthouse Memories of “Round Ireland Lighthouse Tour”
#LighthouseLecture- An illustrated lecture: 'Round Ireland Lighthouses Tour' by John Donnelly and Brian Maguire will be held next Wednesday (16th Jan.) at Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club, Ringsend, in the heart of Dublin Port. Donnelly and Maguire worked as Engineers…
Lighthouse Tender Carries Out Replenishment at Sea with Naval Service
#JOINT EXERCISE – A replenishment at sea exercise (RAS) was carried out between the ILV Granuaile of the Commissioners of Irish Lights and the Naval Service CPV L.É. Ciara (P42) earlier this week. The exercise is part of ongoing cooperation…
Software Firm Moves Into Baily Lighthouse
#LIGHTHOUSES - A software firm specialising in emergency response technology has made its new home at the Baily Lighthouse in Dublin Bay, according to The Irish Times. The Howth Head lighthouse is the last in the State to become fully…
Cork Dockyard Carries Out Docking Survey of Lighthouse Tender
#DOCKING SURVEY– The Commissioners of Irish Lights aids to navigation tender ILV Granuaile (2000/2,625grt) is currently at Cork Dockyard Ltd undergoing her scheduled docking survey, writes Jehan Ashmore. The tender built in Romania over a decade ago and fitted out…
Another Lightship Extinguished into History
#LIGHTSHIPS – As each day passes, quite literally chunks of Irish maritime heritage are been rapidly consigned to history, as work on scrapping the former lightship ALF Skua takes place on the North Quay in Arklow, writes Jehan Ashmore. As…
Irish Lights Headquarters to Open to the Public
#OPEN HOUSE- The Commissioners of Irish Lights headquarters in Dun Laoghaire Harbour is to be made open to the public with tours on Sunday (7 October) as part of the annual Open House Weekend, writes Jehan Ashmore. The iconic landmark…

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Irish Lights is responsible for providing marine aids to navigation under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention. This remit includes: providing and maintaining over 300 general aids to navigation, managing about 4,000 local aids to navigation and marking or removing dangerous wrecks outside harbour areas around Ireland. Irish Lights also provides contract commercial services for ship charter, buoy and marine data services and supports tourism and heritage activities.

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