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Open House Dublin: Tours of Irish Lights Headquarters
#IrishLightsHQ - The striking designed headquarters of the Commissioners of Irish Lights is one of numerous places of interest to visit in this year's Open House Dublin. The iconic landmark building that integrates seamlessly into its marine environment along the…
New Lighthouse Helicopter Contract Awarded For UK & Ireland
#cil –The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLAs) of the UK and Ireland have announced a £13M seven-year contract to PDG Helicopters for the provision of helicopter services to cover all three Authorities according to the PDG website here. The provision of…
Record Visitor Numbers at Loop Head Lighthouse
#loopheadlight – Visitors to Loop Head Lighthouse increased by 7.5% during the West Clare landmark's 6-month opening period up to yesterday (Sunday, October 5th). Figures released today by Clare County Council, which manages the facility in conjunction with the Commissioners…
Former Scottish Lighthouse Tender to Be Converted into Luxury ‘Boatique’ Hotel Close to Last Royal Yacht Britannia
#FloatingHotel - The operators of UK's last royal yacht, Britannia, a major visitor attraction in Leith have acquired Fingal, a former Scottish tender of the Northern Lighthouse Board, which on occasions worked in Irish waters having called to Dun Laoghaire…
Trinity House to Celebrate 500th with ‘Open Day’ at London Headquarters
#lighthouses – Among the events celebrating the 500th anniversary of Trinity House this year which included the launch of a commemorative photographic book as previously reported, an 'Open Day' is to be held on 20 September at their headquarters in…
Light Through a Lens: An illustrated Celebration of 500 Years of Trinity House
#lighthouse – In 1514, Henry VIII granted the Corporation of Trinity House a royal charter establishing it as an authority in maritime matters within his kingdom. Later its remit was expanded to include responsibility for the provision and maintenance of…
Ham Radio Users Light Up the Airwaves at Loop Head
#loophead – A group of amateur ham radio operators will wind back the clock at Loop Head Lighthouse this weekend when they attempt to communicate via radio and Morse code with hundreds of radio clubs throughout the world. The Limerick…
Loop Head Lighthouse Visitor Numbers Up
#loophead – One of Clare's newest and most popular tourism attractions, Loop Head Lighthouse has recorded an increase in visitor numbers this summer compared to 2013. New figures show that the expansion of services at Shannon Airport and the designation…
Launch of Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours
#LighthouseTours – Tours of Ballycotton Island Lighthouse in East Cork, where officially launched last week in conjunction with the Commissioners of Irish Lights. The landmark lighthouse built in the mid-1800s has opened its doors to the public for a new…
Commissioners of Irish Lights Chart First Permanent Virtual Aid to Navigation in Irish Waters
#lighthouses – The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) has the first permanent Virtual Aid to Navigation charted in Irish Waters on the 5th June 2014. The port hand Virtual Aid to Navigation was established at the entrance to Belfast Lough…
Director of Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) is Appointed President of Nautical Institute (NI)
#irishlights – The Nautical Institute, the international representative body for maritime professionals with 6,500 members worldwide, has elected Captain Robert McCabe, Director of Operations and Navigational Services for the Commissioners of Irish Lights as President of the Nautical Institute at…
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 Afloat.ie, 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…

Irish Lighthouses

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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.

Emergency Response: If you notice any aid to navigation is not functioning correctly please contact our 24-hour emergency number 01 280 1996

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Galley Head, Co Cork
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Loop Head, Co Clare
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