Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Skerries Old Pier Light (Lost Lighthouse)

Skerries is a lovely fishing village in north county Dublin. A light has been exhibited from the end of Skerries pier since at least 1878. Since even before that time, there was a petition to have the pier extended, a petition that only bore fruit at the end of the 1960s.

The new pier head light was erected in the early 1980s, quite a while after the pier extension was complete. But what of the light that existed at the end of the shorter, earlier pier?

It's actually pretty easy to tell where the old pier stopped. On the harbour side, the old walls are whitewashed, the extension walls aren't. And on the seaward side, its fairly obvious where the stone wall ends and the concrete wall begins (second picture) But what did the old pier light look like? Well, all the records are in cold storage somewhere, but I did manage to dig out a few old photos - all of them, sadly, a bit far away!

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