Loop Head Lighthouse reopens to the public

Loop Head Lighthouse reopens to the public

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Loop Head lighthouse will reopen today – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The 2017 tourist season at Loop Head Lighthouse commences today as the historic West Clare landmark opens to the public for the first time this year.

Clare County Council, which manages the lighthouse in conjunction with the Commissioner of Irish Lights (CIL), says 27,274 people visited the lighthouse in 2016 delivering an estimated €2 million injection to the local economy.

The popular tourist attraction is located at the mouth of the Shannon Estuary on the Loop Head Peninsula, which is one of two “Signature Discovery Points” in County Clare along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way. It also is a landmark location on the Loop Head Heritage Trail and is one of 12 Great Lighthouses of Ireland.

Councillor Bill Chambers, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council, said: “The popularity of the lighthouse amongst domestic and international visitors is very encouraging and is testament to the partnership approach adopted by the Council and the local community, including Loop Head Tourism, in promoting the attraction. Loop Head Peninsula is one of Ireland’s most scenic and heritage rich locations and I am delighted to see that the Lighthouse is playing a central role in growing the sustainable development of the local tourism sector.”

Director of Services with Clare County Council Gerard Dollard said: “The increase in visitors last year represents the 5th successive annual increase in visitor numbers at the lighthouse. Clare County Council is continuing to work closely with Elected Members, the local community, Loop Head Tourism and other tourism development agencies in promoting the sustainable development of tourism throughout the Peninsula.”

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Loop Head Lighthouse is steeped in history and rich in maritime heritage with its origins dating back to the 1670s. The existing tower style lighthouse was constructed in 1854 and was operated and maintained by a keeper who lived within the lighthouse compound. In January 1991, the lighthouse was converted to automatic operation, and today is monitored by the CIL.

Loop Head Lighthouse will remain open daily (10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.) until November 5th.

Admission to the lighthouse, which includes the exhibition and guided tour of the site, is Adults (€5), Children (€2) and Family Passes for up to 2 adults + 3 children (€12). Visit www.loophead.ie or www.clare.ie for more information on Loop Head Lighthouse and the Loop Head Peninsula.

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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