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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 - TheJournal.ie 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…
Irish Lights HQ To Welcome The Public For 'Open House Dublin'
#IrishLights - The headquarters of the Commissioners of Irish Lights in Dun Laoghaire is one of the 100 great buildings that will open to the public on the weekend of 4-6 October for Open House Dublin, the annual celebration of…
Beaming Lights Locate All Ireland Lighthouse Trail
#LighthouseTrail - As previously reported last week the first ever All Ireland Lighthouse Trail was jointly launched by ministers from north and south at Blackrock Lighthouse, Co. Antrim, one of five lighthouses selected for development along the northern coastline. The…
Spit Bank Lighthouse, Cobh, Cork Harbour Undergoes Maintenance Work
#spitbank – The Spit as it is known locally is one of the most well known and distinguished marks in Cork Harbour and greets every vessel passing between Whitegate and Spike Island heading upwards past Cobh writes Claire Bateman. On passing the…
World's Oldest Lighthouse Hosts Keepers Global Gathering
#lighthouse – A global gathering of Lighthouse Keepers and enthusiasts will take place at the world's oldest lighthouse at Hook Head next weekend, September 13 to 15 and organiser's have today unveiled a fun filled programme of free events to…
Lighthouses on Northern Coast to Be Opened to Tourists
#Lighthouses – As previously reported, the first ever All-Ireland Lighthouse Tourism Trail project is being lead by the Commissioners for Irish Lights (CIL). The project will see key facilities for accommodation and attractions made available along the northern coastline.As well…

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Irish Lights is a maritime organisation delivering essential 24/7 safety and navigation services around the coast of Ireland 365 days. Its focus is reliable and cost-effective services which protect people, property and the marine environment, and support marine industry and coastal communities.

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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Hook, Co Wexford
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Galley Head, Co Cork
Valentia Island, Co Kerry
Loop Head, Co Clare
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