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Irish Lights

By Linda Tancs

The Commissioners of Irish Lights operates over 70 lighthouses around the coast of Ireland. Although automated and unmanned, many are historic buildings that boast of Ireland’s proud maritime history. Supported by several tourism boards, Irish Lights is undertaking an All-Island Lighthouse Tourism Trail project that will feature up to 20 lighthouses. In the meanwhile, in conjunction with the commission, Ballycotton Island Lighthouse has begun offering tours for the first time. About 25 miles east of Cork, the light at Ballycotton was commissioned following the wreck of Sirius, the first vessel to cross the Atlantic Ocean under steam in 1838. Completed in 1850, sandstone for the lighthouse was quarried on the island itself.

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