West Clare’s maritime history and unique landscape will be showcased this May Bank Holiday Weekend through its status as one of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland.
From this Saturday (30 April) to Monday (2nd May), a flagship festival will take place at 8 of the 12 Great Lighthouses of Ireland, an all-island tourism initiative that also includes lighthouses at Hook Head in Wexford, Valentia Island in Kerry and Donegal’s Fanad Head.
Loop Head will this weekend offer family-friendly events that include tours, storytelling and a local food and craft showcase. On Bank Holiday Monday, a guided walk will be hosted along the Peninsula from 11am while there will be food-tasting stalls from 12 noon until 2pm.
Martin Gleeson, Supervisor for Loop Head Lighthouse said, “This three-day weekend festival celebrates the best of Loop Head’s stunning coastline through a series of events and workshops.”
“The public will be able to enjoy the stories of our maritime past, explore the tower to discover its hidden secrets, get tips on being safe and enjoying our coast this summer, and hear from experts from the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) about how navigation at sea works and about the technology at work in the Lighthouse,” he added.
Clare County Council, which manages the Lighthouse in conjunction with the CIL, reopened the popular visitor attraction for the 2016 tourist season in March. The Lighthouse, which is steeped in history and rich in maritime heritage with its origins dating back to the 1670s, is a landmark location on the Loop Head Heritage Trail. It is also one of two Signature Discovery Points in County Clare along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Visit www.greatlighthouses.com for more on this weekend’s events at Loop Head Lighthouse.