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First look - Sir Roger Casement
Red Stripe Press has published Ireland’s Guiding Lights: Celebrating Our Lighthouses by Dennis Horgan, Gerald Butler and Tim McCarthy, a book full of aerial photography and rich stories from one of Ireland’s most celebrated lighthouse historians. Ireland has a rich…
Carien Droppers  - The Dutch shipping expert warns Ireland should take into account navigational hazards posed by offshore wind farms in marine planning
Dutch shipping expert Carien Droppers has warned that Ireland should take into account navigational hazards posed by offshore wind farms in marine planning. Droppers, who spoke at last week’s “Navigating to 2050” conference hosted by Irish Lights in Dublin Castle,…
Irish Lights CEO, Yvonne Shields O’Connor says the conference focus is on safe and sustainable navigation of the seas
As the Taoiseach commits to accelerating offshore wind development at COP 27, maritime and shipping leaders gathering at a global conference in Dublin next week will explore the safety issues involved. ‘Navigating to 2050 – a safe and sustainable maritime…
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Irish Lights is hosting Navigating To 2050 – A safe and sustainable maritime future, a two-day hybrid conference bringing together key national and international leaders to debate a safe and sustainable route to 2050.  The event will be held in…
The Great Lighthouses of Ireland by David Hare will be published by Gill Books on Thursday, 3 November 2022, priced at €27.99
The Great Lighthouses of Ireland is a collection of extraordinary stories of sophisticated engineering, fatal shipwrecks, heroic sea rescues and lives spent defying the elements. Through more than 300 stunning images and historic details, this beautiful book brings to life…
Irish Lights has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Engineering Design Manager. This role will primarily be based in our Dun Laoghaire Office with periodic travel to some of the most stunning locations around the coast of Ireland. THE ROLEAs…
Irish Lights is recruiting for an Operations Officer and Deck Supervisors on board our multi-purpose DP 1 vessel, Granuaile. The ship’s crews work a time on time off roster. There are two Deck Supervisors positions, one for each duty period.…
NLV Pharos will be berthed in the Manx capital while alongside the Victoria
Northern Lighthouse Board's NLV Pharos, one of two ships that service and maintain lighthouses and marine Aids to Navigation in Scotland and the Isle of Man, will be in Douglas Harbour to hold Open Days for the public this weekend…
Irish Lights conference ‘Navigating to 2050 – A safe and sustainable maritime future’ to be held in November at Dublin Castle
The Commissioners of Irish Lights has announced a major conference ‘Navigating to 2050 – A safe and sustainable maritime future’. The two-day conference will be held in Dublin Castle on 15-16 November 2022 and a virtual attendance will also be…
Loop Head Lighthouse
In Co. Clare the Loop Head Lighthouse Visitor Experience has swung open its doors for the first time in two years following a €1.2m upgrade. Located at the mouth of the Shannon Estuary with its origins dating back to the 1670s, the…
Clare Island Lighthouse on stunning Clew Bay. Co. Mayo
The 'Great Lighthouses of Ireland' (see story) brought to you by Irish Lights, invites you to celebrate long summer days by following your very own lighthouse trail and be in with a chance to win a 7-night lighthouse road trip…
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Irish Lights is recruiting for a Local Contact in Castletownbere. This part-time role is a critical and responsible position that provides an essential service to our coastal communities. The role is also responsible for carrying out ground support for Search…
Master mariner Capt Robert McCabe
Master mariner Capt Robert McCabe has been appointed to chair the Government’s first seafood/offshore renewable energy working group. The two-year appointment was confirmed by Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien. Delays in establishing the working group had…
Valentia Island lighthouse in County Kerry features in the Great Lighthouses of Ireland, programme three on Sunday, May 22nd, RTÉ One
Great Lighthouses of Ireland (series two, programme three) continues this Sunday, May 22nd 2022 on RTÉ One TV at 6.30 pm Lighthouse technology is constantly evolving, ensuring that lights are as bright as possible for the safety of the mariner…
The Northern Lighthouse Board has been named as a finalist in the Working Families Best Practice Awards. The NLB which is the General Lighthouse Authority for Scotland, is also responsible for the waters surrounding the Isle of Man.
The Northern Lighthouse Board which is responsible for the waters surrounding Scotland and the Isle of Man, has been named as a finalist in the Working Families Best Practice Awards. The NLB has been shortlisted in the category Best for Mental Health…
Irish Lights is recruiting for a Senior Operations Officer (SOO) to fill a challenging and rewarding role on board their multi-purpose DP 1 vessel, Granuaile. THE SHIPILV Granuaile is a multifunctional vessel that primarily operates in the waters around the…

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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

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
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