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Loop Head Lighthouse – The increase in visitors represents the fifth successive annual increase in visitor numbers at the West Clare landmark
A record number of people visited Loop Head Lighthouse on the Shannon Estuary in County Clare during 2016. Figures from Clare County Council show that 27,274 people visited the lighthouse during the opening period up to Sunday 2 October compared…
New Stamps Commemorate Irish Lights
#IrishLights - An Post has today (Thursday 6 October) a set of stamps to commemorate the Commissioners of Irish Lights. There are four stamps in the collection designed by Vermillion Design, featuring Irish Lights staff working on a buoy; a…
The old lighthouse and buoy tender, Isolda
#Exhibition - The Commissioners of Irish Lights have joined the Royal Irish Academy to bring an exhibition that captures the history of Irish Lights, the history of the island of Ireland itself, its ever-changing coasts and shorelines, and the history…
St John's Point Lighthouse in Co Down
#Lighthouses - Guardian travel writer Yvonne Gordon was impressed by a recent visit to St John’s Point Lighthouse in Co Down, part of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland tourism initiative launched last year. In operation since the Victorian era, the…
An artist's impression of Hall McKnight's winning design for the Mew Island Optic on Belfast's waterfront
#MewIslandOptic - A rare lighthouse lens that helped guide ships into Belfast Lough for more than a century is to get a new home on the city's waterfront, as the Belfast Telegraph reports. The optic from Mew Island Lighthouse, one…
#Illuminated - Haulbowline Lighthouse tower off Carlingford Lough, will be illuminated from today, beginning at dusk until 11:00pm tonight. The illumination according to the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) will continue during the month of August and at the same…
Fastnet Lighthouse
#Lighthouses - Fastnet Rock is part of a new €1.3 million, three-year project studying the effects of wave action on offshore lighthouses around the UK and Ireland. As Phys.org reports, the STORMLAMP project – or STructural behaviour Of Rock Mounted…
Yvonne Shields, Chief Executive of Irish Lights with the backdrop of the old Baily Lighthouse optic at the National Maritime Museum of Ireland in Dun Laoghaire
#GreatLighthouses - This May Bank Holiday (30 April-2 May) kick start your summer and get out to visit the Great Lighthouses on this island for a weekend of fun, discovery, stories and thrills. Walk through time, meet fifth-century monks, medieval…
‘Hook Lighthouse’ was painted by 15–year–old Emer O’Doherty, a pupil at Gorey Community School. Viewing the work is Valero Texaco Marketing Manager, Bronagh Carron
This painting of the Hook Head Lighthouse is one of many with a nautical theme submitted for judging in this year’s 62nd Texaco Children’s Art Competition. Appropriately entitled ‘Hook Lighthouse’, it was painted by 15–year–old Emer O’Doherty, a pupil at…
Loop Head Lighthouse reopens this weekend
Loop Head Lighthouse in West Clare, one of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland, will reopen to the public this Saturday (March 12th 2016). Clare County Council, which manages the facility in conjunction with the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL), says…
#NavigationEvent - The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLAs) of the UK and Ireland will hold an event on 2 March to explore the mix of technologies for future maritime navigation in 2030 and beyond, and identify potential complements to GNSS. •…
#RareOptic - Commissioners of Irish Lights and Titanic Foundation have been awarded a first-round pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund for saving, restoring and displaying the old optic from Mew Island Lighthouse, a very rare hyper radial Fresnel lens, in…
#[email protected] – In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Kish Lighthouse off Dublin Bay, the National Maritime Museum of Ireland in Dun Laoghaire is host to a lecture about what is one of Ireland’s most famous and unique lighthouses.…
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#[email protected] The Commissioners of Irish Lights today welcomed the visit of President Michael D Higgins and Mrs. Sabina Higgins to join the Board and staff to say 'Happy Birthday' as the Kish Lighthouse celebrates 50 years of service on the…
#[email protected] - One of Ireland’s most famous and unique lighthouses, the Kish Bank Lighthouse off Dublin Bay, celebrates its 50th anniversary today having been commissioned into service on 9th November 1965, writes Jehan Ashmore. At 31m high, the lighthouse which…
#[email protected]– An exhibition of the 50th Anniversary of the commissioning of the Kish Bank Lighthouse off Dublin Bay, one of Ireland’s most unusual lighthouses, is currently on at the National Maritime Museum of Ireland (NMMI) in Dun Laoghaire. Lighthouse Exhibition…

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Wicklow Head, Co Wicklow
The Great Light and Titanic Walkway, Belfast
Hook, Co Wexford
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Galley Head, Co Cork
Valentia Island, Co Kerry
Loop Head, Co Clare
Clare Island, Co Mayo
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