This is Ireland’s second oldest active lighthouse, after Hook Head. In 1762 Baron George Hamilton had a limestone pier constructed and the lighthouse was added in 1769.
From here, corn and timber were shipped out to Liverpool and beyond. The lighthouse was classified as a sea light until in 1860 the newly established Rockabill lighthouse relegated it to the status of harbour light. By the 1960’s, corrosion had damaged the dome beyond repair, and the decision was taken to remove it. The fixed light was replaced by a flashing unit mounted on a column.
Plans have been afoot for many years to replace the dome and to renovate the lighthouse and adjoining bathhouse and in early 2017, plans for its renewal were put on view. Hopefully in the near future we will see the lighthouse’s crown finally restored.
Location: 53.6130° North, 6.1785° West.
Elevation: 12 m
Character: Fl (3) RWG 20s
Range: White: 24 km, Red & Green: 18 km
Since September 2018 (too late for my Lighthouses of Ireland book), the lantern dome has been restored to the tower and the lighthouse once again looks much as it did throughout most of its history. I drove down on the night of a supermoon. I’ve taken a little artistic license, but the harbour looked magical in the unusually warm moonlight.
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