Friday, September 7, 2007

Lightship Kittiwake, Dun Laoghaire, co. Dublin

Sitting in the harbour in Dun Laoghaire
The Commissioners of Irish Lights have put the former automatic lightfloat Kittiwake up for sale on an "as is where is" basis. The ship is currently moored on the Carlisle Pier and was built of steel in 1959. It is 41.8 metres long with a mean draught of 3.35 metres and an approximate displacement of 600 tons.
Update: (June 2008) The Lightship has since been sold and is moored on the Liffey adjacent to the "Point Village" development

Dun Laoghaire West Lighthouse, co. Dublin

This was the nearest I got to the West Lighthouse. The two lighthouses are situated at either end of the harbour entrance. I chose to walk the East Pier.

Dun Laoghaire East Lighthouse, co. Dublin


At the end of a long walk along the harbour wall, it was rather disappointing to find the lighthouse blocked off by the castle-like ramparts near the end.

Muglins Lighthouse, Dalkey, co. Dublin


The top picture is not mine. The bottom picture is how near to it I could get. The land in front of it is another island. This is really more a light than a lighthouse.

North Bank Lighthouse, co. Dublin

Further in towards Dublin than Poolbeg, this yoke sits in the middle of the mouth of the Liffey. Sadly, the docks conspire to block the closest view.

North Bull Lighthouse co. Dublin


Located at the end of the North Bull Wall, opposite Poolbeg Light. This is the nearest I could get to it, not having a boat.

Poolbeg Lighthouse, co. Dublin



This dumpy lighthouse sits at the very end of a long breakwater. Even though you can drive your car most of the way there, it is still a good 15 minutes walk from the nearest car access. More terracotta than red, at least you can touch the thing!!