The last time I was up in the Dundalk area in 2011, I bemoaned the fact that I thought I ought to have been able to see Blackrock Pile Light from the sea front, yet when I got there, there was no sign of it. (I managed to get instead a hazy photo from down along the Cooley peninsula)
I received a very nice email today from Barry Pickup, along with the fantastic photo above.
Barry says, "I spent my early years up to age seven in a seafront house at Blackrock, Co Louth, and I was often lulled to sleep by its flashing red light and the sound of the tide. I saw your comment about how difficult it is to see the structure from Blackrock - you must have been there on a hazy day as it is visible on a clear day.
I took the attached picture of it from aboard the SS Waverley paddle steamer many years ago ( I forget the date!) which operated Dublin North Wall - Dundalk Harbour & return."
Built in 1855 by the blind Belfast engineer Alexander Mitchell, screwpile lighthouses were specifically designed to be built in sandy, silty areas where there was no foundation for a conventional light.
Further information on the light may be found here.
Thanks again Barry!