Sunday, June 29, 2008

Arklow Pier Light

Located at the end of the South Pier of Arklow harbour, which has been very ineffectively barricaded off by low railings. Rusting and graffiti ridden, this is located on the concrete pier head, which is also ineffectively barricaded off from the lower level.

Lightship Skua, Arklow North Quay

Moored on the North Quay in Arklow, this is starting to look a sorry sight with a lot of rust prevalent. The site is open, with yellow stickers on the side of the boat warning people to Keep Out.

Lightship Albatross, Arklow North Quay

Okay, not the complete Lightship Albatross but the light tower and lantern, which seems to be enclosed in the grounds of a new plush waterside apartment block. The rest of the boat is apparently in Pigeon House Harbour in Dublin. I tried to find it but despite numerous enquiries, nobody on Pigeon House Road seemed to know where Pigeon House Harbour was.

Wicklow Head Low Lighthouse

The active lighthouse is cut into the cliff, not really visible until you walk around the headland from the other lights. Steps - with a chain across them - lead down to the complex which appears to consist of whitewashed cottages and offices

Wicklow Head High Lighthouse (2)

Closer to the sea than its taller neighbour, this light lasted till 1865 till the fog problem made it useless. Reached by a winding path from the top lighthouse.

Wicklow Head High Lighthouse (1)

The oldest of the three lighthouses on Wicklow Head, apparently, like its nearest neighbour, built too high up on the cliff and liable to be enveloped by fog! According to locals, this octagonal tower is now split up into holiday apartments, presumably one on each floor. Reached by a private road (with the obligatory Private Property, Do not enter or you will be shot notices on the gate)

Wicklow East Pier

Not exactly sure why this is called the East Pier. Wicklow is on a north-south coastline, so I reckon this light is on the South Pier. These pictures taken from the end of the North (West) Pier. Pier not very long.

North Wall Quay (Dublin Port)

After 15 minutes driving around Dublin Port in the rain trying to find this lighthouse, I gave up and opted instead for a picture from the South Bank of the Liffey.

See also here

Kish Lighthouse, Dublin Bay

Can you see it??????
Taken from halfway down Howth Head. Photo doesn't really do justice to the architectural merit of this most unique building.

See also here

The Baily Lighthouse, Howth Head

Right! I am now staking a claim for gobshyte of the year.
The last time I was out on Howth Head summit, I remembered looking down to the lighthouse. Consequently, I parked right up at the top of the summit in the car park there and walked right down a narrow track cut between the ferns and gorse to the lighthouse. It was only when about ten yards from the gate, that I saw the road. Immediately I realised that such an important light, complete with helipad for servicing Kish and Rockabill, would be bound to have road access.
Actually, the further down Howth Head you come, the more the lighthouse disappears from view. The gate of course was festooned with the usual Private Property, Death to all Trespassers notices that I duly ignored. The short laneway leads to the keepers cottages and then starts to dip, giving a good view of the light, which looks remarkably similar to the one on Howth Head.
Walking back up to the summit was not much fun. By the time I got back to the car, my legs were twitching involuntarily and my thighs seized up the following morning.

Howth Harbour (2)

This is the newer of the two end-of-pier Howth lighthouses, built on a bit of a spur from the end of the old pier. Again, no graffiti, possibly because local vandals can't be bothered to walk that far.

Howth Harbour (1)

A longer walk out to the end of the pier at Howth than Skerries but you get rewarded by not one but two lighthouses. This is the older, no-longer active lighthouse with keepers' cottage attached, unpainted, but the stone is very clean and there is no graffiti, despite it being readily accessible. There are even window boxes on the windows of the cottage. A plaque dates this to 1817.

Rockabill Lighthouse (again)

And, revisiting further in July 2009, this time with my camcorder which has better magnification than my camera, the picture below was taken from the harbour at Rush, while the one above was taken from the sea front at Skerries.

Further to the previous Rockabill entry, this photo was taken from the green area on Skerries Head. The lighthouse is the vertical thing sticking up from the island!

Skerries Bay Pierhead

Not particularly one of the more exciting lights I've come across. Basically this is just a square white box at the end of the shortish pier, the light facing outwards (naturally)

Aleria (Drogheda) Lighthouse, Drogheda

Another spectacular failure to locate a lighthouse. The Lighthouse Directory says it is "located at the end of a rubblestone jetty on the north side of the entrance of the River Boyne." Preliminary mapwork was not hopeful as there appeared to be no roads going anywhere near the entrance of the Boyne on the north bank. I drove to the village of Baltray and then down a track, which was really one big pothole interspersed with little bits of laneway.
After about 1km of this, I seriously began to worry for the underside of the car, my exhaust and my tyres. I have a Toyota Yaris, not a bloody Freelander. I stopped, got out and walked on another half a mile or so but could still see no sign of the object of my search, so turned around and came back.
The picture above is of one of the many beacons that mark the Boyne from Drogheda Port to the mouth. They reminded me of the monastic beehive huts found on Skellig Michael.

(Found this lighthouse later. See here)

Clogherhead Lighthouse

Okay, hunt the lighthouse. According to the Lighthouse directory, the light in Clogherhead is "mounted on a two storey concrete and metal pier building" Well, after accosting two early morning hikers on Clogherhead Strand - seeing nothing that resembled a light - I was informed that the pier was a mile further down the road.
On arrival there, I could see nothing that resembled a light. The picture above is of the only two-storey building on the pier (and yes, it is metal and concrete) but there was nothing that fitted the description of a light. Two fishermen on the pier scratched their heads. Another local said the pier had only been restored about a year ago, but he couldn't remember a light ever having been there.