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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…
Series two, programme two of The Great Lighthouses of Ireland will feature The Bull Rock on Sunday, May 15th on RTÉ One
The hugely popular* Great Lighthouses of Ireland is back for a second series with more stories about the lighthouses around Ireland’s coast and the extraordinary men and women who lived and worked in them, including the lightship keepers whose working…
Starting at the Fastnet (above) off the Co. Cork coast, one of the world’s finest lighthouses, Great Lighthouses of Ireland, series two, programme one airs on Sunday, May 8th, RTÉ One
The hugely popular* Great Lighthouses of Ireland is back for a second series with more stories about the lighthouses around Ireland’s coast and the extraordinary men and women who lived and worked in them, including the lightship keepers whose working…
Commissioners of Irish Lights buoy-laying vessel, ILV Granuaile at Cammell Laird shipyard, where the 2,625t ship underwent an Intermediate dry-docking.  The vessel's homeport is Dun Laoghaire Harbour, where a marine depot is located along with CIL's headquarters.
As previously reported on Afloat, Cammell Laird, the Merseyside shipbuilder and engineering facility has been kept busy with dry-docking a range of ships among them the Commissioners of Irish Lights vessel ILV Granuaile, writes Jehan Ashmore. The aids to navigation vessel…
Northern Lights: The NLV Pharos, a Scottish lighthouse /aids to navigation tender which is at Harland & Wolff, Belfast last week to undergo a scheduled 'Special Survey'. The vessel operated by the Northern Lighthouse Board is seen in the early stages of arrival at Belfast Dock, a dry-dock which measures 335m x 50.29m.
Northern Lighthouse Board’s aids to navigation vessel NLV Pharos which operates in Scottish waters, is currently at Harland & Wolff's Belfast shipyard for a scheduled dry-docking which happens twice in a 5 year-period, writes Jehan Ashmore. Commenting to Afloat, Mike…
Irish Lights is recruiting for an Engineering Operations Manager (Chief Engineer) for a challenging and rewarding management role on board their multi-purpose DP 1 vessel, Granuaile. THE SHIPILV Granuaile is a multifunctional vessel that primarily operates in the waters around…
Discontinue DGPS: After careful consideration of results of a comprehensive user consultation process, the General Lighthouse Authorities for UK and Ireland (Irish Lights) have concluded their Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) is no longer required and have made the decision that the system be discontinued from 31 March 2022. Above Irish Lights aids to navigation vessel ILV Granuaile off the pierhead of Wicklow Port.
The three General Lighthouse Authorities (GLA) in the UK and Ireland (Trinity House, Northern Lighthouse Board & Irish Lights) as Afloat reported in 2020, will discontinue their Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) service in March 2022. (Click Irish Lights reminder of discontinuation of…
Irish Lights aids to navigation vessel ILV Granuaile (named after the 16th century Mayo pirate queen) has been the workhorse for more than two decades in the servicing of offshore buoys and lighthouses off the entire Irish coast in addition to providing other multifunctional duties. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour based vessel is seen alongside its homeport berth at St. Michaels Wharf, where the scene captures buoys on the aft-deck which is at the centre of operations with the use of a 20t (20m outreach) crane in a raised position. While an accompanying tender cautiously approaches the starboard side.
The Commissioners of Irish Lights, the General Lighthouse Authority (GLA) responsible for aids to navigation in waters off Ireland, operates the buoy-laying vessel ILV Granuaile which this year entered its 23rd year in service, writes Jehan Ashmore. For more than…
Ballybunion Buoy being unhooked from crane in Dun Laoghaire, ready to be towed to Irish Lights ship ILV Granuaile
Met Éireann and Irish Lights are pleased to announce a joint collaboration that will enhance our understanding of Irish Coastal Waters, with the aim of improving safety for coastal inhabitants and mariners. Safety of the mariner and the public has…
Visitors to the Co Wexford lighthouse can take part in art workshops and St Bridget's Cross-making
Co. Wexford's world-famous Hook Lighthouse will celebrate St. Bridget next weekend with an "Imbolc" traditional festival marking the beginning of spring. Imbolc marks the feast of St Bridget - known as the fire goddess as well as being the patron…
Irish Lights, the organization responsible for safety and navigation services at sea, welcomes the signing of the Convention on the International Organization for Marine Aids to Navigation as a positive step forward in international maritime safety.
Ireland has signed today the Convention on the International Organisation for Marine Aids to Navigation. The purpose of the Convention is to change the status of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities or IALA (see…

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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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