Lighthouses

Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse, Old Head. co.Cork 1853

The Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse is located in one of Ireland’s most spectacular coastal areas. This large promontory juts out into the Atlantic Ocean rising hundreds of feet above the water and is now one [...]

The Baily Lighthouse, Howth. co. Dublin 1814

The Baily Lighthouse is located on a rocky promontory over looking Dublin Bay. It was at this location that the Norse Vikings fled to regroup after the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 and was also [...]

Harbour Lighthouse, Howth. co. Dublin 1817

Howth Harbour Lighthouse, built in 1817, is located at the end of Howth Harbour. The building, was also used for defensive purposes as the strong circular wall defends a gun position. The lighthouse keeper’s residence [...]

The most easterly point on the mainland of Ireland > Wicklow Head Lighthouse

This lighthouse, built in 1871 was originally part of a pair. Their architect, John Trail, had previously designed the Grand Canal in Dublin and was given the task to construct 2 lighthouses at this location [...]

Hook Lighthouse, Hook Head. co.Wexford – c.1210

Hook Lighthouse is the oldest operational lighthouse in the World. Tradition states that Dubhán, a missionary monk, may have established some sort of beacon at this location at an even earlier date in the 5th [...]

Poolbeg Lighthouse & Great South Wall. Dublin City 1820

This beautiful lighthouse is located at the end of the Great South Wall at the mouth of the River Liffey in Dublin Bay. The original lighthouse was built in 1768 however it was redesigned and [...]

Dunree Lighthouse, Dunree Head. co.Donegal -1876 (Dun Fhraoigh-“Fort of the Heather”)

Dunree Lighthouse is built 46m above the high water sea level and has incredible views over Lough Swilly and out to the wild Atlantic. It was built in 1876 after the Duke of Abercorn requested [...]

Buncrana Lighthouse, Buncrana. co.Donegal – 1876 (Bun Cranncha-‘foot of the River Crana’)

This lighthouse stood in Buncrana for 133 years from 1876 until 2009 after which it was condemned to the scrap yard. The diligent Buncrana Historical Society however convinced The Buncrana Town Council to save it [...]

Shrove Lighthouse, Shrove. co.Donegal – 1839

Strove Lighthouse is located on a beautiful beach where Lough Foyle meets the wild Atlantic. This shipping lane was used extensively by oceanliners carrying immigrants to America and Australia. The coast along this part of [...]

Wicklow Head Lighthouse, Wicklow Town. co.Wicklow – 1781(Cill Mhantáin -‘Church of the Toothless One’)

This lighthouse, built in 1871 was originally part of a pair. Their architect, John Trail, who had previously designed the Grand Canal in Dublin was given the task to construct 2 lighthouses at this location. [...]

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