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Trinity House is to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day landings in northern France. As part of events, on 14 May, the D-Day Torch will be in advance at Trinity House in London on its journey of commemoration from the UK to Normandy. Above Roland Langmaid's painting of Juno Lightvessel and THV Warden off ‘Juno Beach’, Normandy, June 1944.
Trinity House, the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales, Channel Islands and Gibraltar, will join the international commemoration events of the D-Day Landings with its own story of tight planning and close collaboration in service of the historic Operation Overlord. In…
Galley Head Lightkeeper Gerald Butler with Yvonne Shields Chief Executive of Commissioner of Irish Lights with Cillian Phelan (8 yrs) Sarah Phelan (6 yrs) and Sophie Costello (8 yrs)
Look for a surefire cure for seasickness, and no better person to ask than someone who worked on a lightship off the Irish coast. Lightship duty was both tough and boring, highly dangerous during wartime, and particularly hard on the…
Loop Head Lighthouse on the Shannon Estuary is already a popular tourist destination, and the proposed development is sure to attract even more visitors in the years to come
Clare County Council has been granted planning approval to develop new visitor facilities at Loop Head Lighthouse Visitor Experience at the mouth of the Shannon Estuary in County Clare. This proposed development will feature new visitor centre facilities, a Looped…
Ireland’s first new Marine National Park (Páirc Náisiúnta na Mara) of 70,000 acres on the Corca Dhuibhne peninsula in west Kerry has been welcomed by Irish Lights with its inclusion of the Inishtearaght and Skellig Michael lighthouses.
Ireland’s inaugural Marine National Park, Páirc Náisiúnta na Mara,Ciarraí, has been unveiled today and Irish Lights is delighted to announce the inclusion of Inishtearaght and Skellig Michael lighthouses, which have been in operation since the early 1800’s. The significant announcement…
New chair: Lance Batchelor will chair the Board of Trinity House that manages the maritime organisation’s role as a General Lighthouse Authority (GLA)
Trinity House, the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, and the Channel Islands, has appointed Lance Batchelor as the Chair of its Lighthouse Board, succeeding Sir Alan Massey. Since becoming an Elder Brother in 2022, Lance has been sitting as…
Construction of an enhanced visitor experience facilities at Loop Head Lighthouse in Co. Clare has been approved by An Bord Pleánala.
Irish Lights has welcomed the announcement of the approval by An Bord Pleánala for the construction of an enhanced visitor experience facilities at Loop Head Lighthouse in Co. Clare. "We are delighted that approval has been granted for the enhancement…
Valentia Island Lighthouse in Co Kerry
The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) have announced a review of the Aids to Navigation (AtoN) provision around the coasts of Ireland and Great Britain. Trinity House will publish the results of the review in 2025, the outcomes of which will…
The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLAs) of the United Kingdom and Ireland have announced the requirement for an aviation service to support their vital safety service for mariners. Above Afloat adds is the helipad at Fanad Head Lighthouse, Co. Donegal.
The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLAs) of the United Kingdom and Ireland – Trinity House, Northern Lighthouse Board and Irish Lights have announced the requirement for an aviation service to support their vital safety service for mariners. Known as the Tri-GLA…
Trinity House appoints Damien Oliver who will lead the way on major projects for the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales, Channel Islands & Gibraltar. The GLA is a charity dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers. Above AFLOAT has identified in the background, the merchant shipping vessel of CLdN, the ro-ro freight ferry. Sixtine which operates in both English waters and the Irish Sea on routes between Dublin and continental Europe.
Trinity House, the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales, Channel Islands and Gibraltar, has recently appointed Damien Oliver as its new Director of Major Projects.  Damien’s appointment sees him as the lead on the Vessel Replacement Project, where he…
The bell of an old foghorn symbolises Danny McCarthy’s sound art installation Found Sound (Lost at Sea) 11.1.11
A lost coastal sound will return to echo through Cork city centre for one day this January. Found Sound (Lost at Sea) 11.1.11 is an installation by sound artist Danny McCarthy which, on Thursday 11 January, will resonate across Emmet…
At a ceremony for the first steel plate cut for the Northern Lighthouse Boards aids to navigation tender, built in Spain, was attended by Graham Moffat, Technical Manager, NLB, Javier Martín-Arroyo Borrajo, Gondán Shipbuilders, Phil Day, Director of Operations, NLB and Fernando González also of the shipyard in Asturias. The newbuild replaces NLV Pole Star, as the successor of the same name is to enter in 2025 to support vital safety service to mariners off Scotland and Isle of Man.
A steel-cutting ceremony for the Northern Lighthouse Board’s new state of the art hybrid powered vessel, which is to serve off Scotland and the Isle of Man, took place in a Spanish shipyard, Astilleros Gondán S.A. Phil Day, Director of…
At the east coast harbour town of Wicklow, a small crowd gathered to watch the original dome of the pier’s 130 year-old lighthouse which was blown away in a storm, was reinstated after almost half a century. The lighthouse at the commercial port as Afloat has reported over the years, is also the host-port of the ‘Round Ireland Yacht Race’ which is held biennially.
The lighthouse at the pierhead of Wicklow Harbour’s east pier, is where a small group of people gathered shortly after first light on Monday, to watch a crane raise into position the original copper dome and lantern. The copper dome…
Elder Brethren: Trinity House has today sworn in Captain Fran Collins, Commodore Duncan Lamb and Rear Admiral Iain Lower at a meeting of its Court.
The General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) for England, Wales, Channel Islands and Gibraltar, Trinity House has welcomed three new Elder Brethren. At a meeting of its Court today, 17 October, Trinity House swore in the three new Elder Brethren: Captain Fran…
Yvonne Shields Chief Executive of Commissioner of Irish Lights with Cillian Phelan (8yrs) Sarah Phelan (6yrs) and Sophie Costello (8yrs) and Lighthouse Keeper Gerald Butler from Galley Head lighthouse. They are pictured in The National Maritime Museum of Ireland in Dun Laoghaire, in the background is the light from Baily lighthouse in Howth, from 1902. They helped launch the Great Lighthouses of Ireland, a new tourism experience featuring twelve lighthouses around the island of Ireland
Overnight stays in lighthouses across the island of Ireland have increased by 60 per cent since 2019, the Great Lighthouses of Ireland partnership says.  As Afloat reported earlier, lighthouse tourism attracted 622,000 people last year.  “Lighthouses have such a special…
Fanad Head Lighthouse in County Donegal is one of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland tourism initiative
Lighthouse tourism in Ireland has significantly increased, with a 60% rise in overnight stays in such facilities throughout the country since 2019, according to the Great Lighthouses of Ireland tourism initiative. Last year, over 622,000 people visited lighthouses and lighthouse…
The works, subject to sea conditions, will include removing the cabin, the lighthouse tower and the concrete pillar of the Royal Sovereign Lighthouse
Plans are being made to remove the Royal Sovereign lighthouse which was a familiar navigational mark for yachts off Britain’s east Sussex coast. It is expected that it will take two years for marine contractors Herbosch-Kiere to complete the work,…

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Great Lighthouses of Ireland

St John's Point, Co Donegal 
Fanad Head, Co Donegal
Rathlin West Light, Co Antrim
Blackhead, Co Antrim
St John’s Point, Co Down
Wicklow Head, Co Wicklow
The Great Light and Titanic Walkway, Belfast
Hook, Co Wexford
Ballycotton, Co Cork
Galley Head, Co Cork
Valentia Island, Co Kerry
Loop Head, Co Clare
Clare Island, Co Mayo
Fastnet Rock Boat Tours