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Loop Head Lighthouse To Open On Weekends During September
Clare County Council has announced that Loop Head Lighthouse will remain open to members of the public each weekend during the month of September. The extension of the opening period follows on from a successful summer season that has seen…
Loop Head Lighthouse Proves Major Tourism Draw
#lighthouse – Up to Monday (13 August 2012), 9691 adults and 2870 children had visited the historic West Clare landmark at Loop Head. Clare County Council, along with Shannon Development, Loop Head Tourism and the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL),…
Loop Head Lighthouse Hits the Air Waves
#lighthouse – Loop Head Lighthouse in County Clare will be amongst hundreds of lighthouses and lightships worldwide to participate in a unique event aimed at promoting public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and their need for preservation and restoration. The…
Shields Leads New Era for Commissioners of Irish Lights
#LIGHTHOUSES - Making strides in renewable energy and working in harmony with the country's marine resources are top of the agenda for the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) under new chief executive Yvonne Shields. Though its main focus will remain…
New Twitter Buoy Starts Tweeting
#twitterbuoy – Up to the minute information on the progress of the 39,000 mile Volvo Ocean Race – headed for Galway in three weeks time – will be "tweeted" to millions around the world from a high tech "Twitter Buoy"…
Taoiseach Opens Loop Head Lighthouse
#LIGHTHOUSES – Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D., today officially opened the new exhibition at Loop Head Lighthouse and launched the 2012 visitor season at the historic West Clare tourist attraction. Loop Head Lighthouse, located at the mouth of the Shannon Estuary,…
New West Cork Lighthouse Casts An International Light
#NEW IRISH LIGHTHOUSE – The first lighthouse of a new generation to dot the Irish coastline was officially 'switched-on' at Roancarrigmore, a small island marking the eastern entrance to Castletownbere Co. Cork, writes Jehan Ashmore. The ceremony was performed by…
Taoiseach to Open Exhibition at Loop Head Lighthouse
#LOOP HEAD LIGHTHOUSE – An Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to officially open a new exhibition at the Loop Head Lighthouse and to launch the 2012 visitor season at the west Clare tourist attraction on 18th May. The Clare Herald also…
Arklow Newbuild’s Link to Former Irish Lights Tender
#FORMER IRISH LIGHTS TENDER -With the Guardian 8 preparing to set sail from her builders homeport of Arklow this month, as previously reported on Afloat.ie, her owners Gardline Marine Services also operate a former Commissioners of Irish Lights tender, writes…
Loop Head Lighthouse Will Open To Public in 2012
#LIGHTHOUSES - Loop Head Lighthouse in Co Clare, is set to re-open to the public later this year following a successful trial scheme last summer. As The Irish Times reports, Clare County Council opened the lighthouse for an 11-week trial…
Lighthouse Lecture by Kilmacanogue History Society
#LIGHTHOUSES- Kilmacanogue History Society is to host a lecture on 'Irish Lighthouses' which will be presented by John Donnelly and Brian Maguire. They will provide a personal insight into the work needed to keep Ireland's Lighthouses operating in the past.…
Open House Dublin: Public Tours of Irish Lights Headquarters
As part of this year's Open House Dublin event, the striking headquarters of the Commissioners of Irish Lights building in Dún Laoghaire Harbour will be open to the public tomorrow, writes Jehan Ashmore. The iconic coastal landmark building built by…
Mutton Island Lighthouse To Shine Once More
The refurbished Mutton Island lighthouse in Galway Bay will open to tour groups on a regular basis next year, the Galway City Tribune reports. Once one of the final landmarks of the city seen by emigrants leaving on the 'coffin…
Irish Lights Appoint New Chief Executive
Yvonne Shields has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Commissioners of Irish Lights. She takes over her new role of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour based General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) next month from chief executive Dr Stuart Ruttle…
Loop Head Lighthouse Opens its Doors for the First Time in 300 Years
Loop Head lighthouse station, Kilbaha, Co. Clare opens to the public for the first time in its 341-year history this Summer. The lighthouse is being opened to visitors on a trial basis for the remainder of July and August. The Mayor of…
Hard-Working Vessels Keep Lights Switched-On
Sailing was not the only activity that took place in Dublin Bay last Saturday as the Northern Lighthouse Board's (NLB) multi-function tender NLV Pharos was busy at work, writes Jehan Ashmore. The NLB is the Scottish equivalent of the Commissioners…

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