Loop Head Lighthouse shines a light on summer

Loop Head Lighthouse shines a light on summer


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Loop Head Lighthouse will be showcased during the May Bank Holiday Weekend through its status as one of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland.

From Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May, a festival will take place at 6 of the 12 Great Lighthouses, 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, which attracted over 27,000 visitors in 2016, will host family-friendly events including tours, music, storytelling, and a local food and craft showcase. There will be Irish traditional music and storytelling at the Lighthouse on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, while on Bank Holiday Monday a guided walk will take place and the Loop Head Food Trail will host food-tasting stalls.

Check out this radio package broadcast on Clare FM’s Morning Focus on Monday.

Martin Gleeson, Supervisor for Loop Head Lighthouse said: “This three-day weekend festival celebrates the Loop Head Peninsula’s maritime history and unique landscape.  The public will be able to enjoy the stories of our maritime past, enjoy our local food and discover more about the 19th century lighthouse. It promises to be a very enjoyable weekend.”

Loop Head Lighthouse Supervisor and guide Martin Gleeson – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

With many of our Great Lighthouses along the Wild Atlantic Way, Fiona Monaghan, Head of Wild Atlantic Way at Failte Ireland, said: “This is the weekend to embrace the Wild Atlantic Way and discover the stories of the lighthouses and their communities. We in Failte Ireland are delighted to support this event as it encourages visitors to experience the wonders of life shaped by the sea and to meet with the people who are passionate about these unique places.”

Clare County Council, which manages Loop Head Lighthouse in conjunction with the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL), reopened the popular visitor attraction for the 2017 tourist season in March. Located at the mouth of the Shannon Estuary on the Loop Head Peninsula, the attraction is a landmark location on the Loop Head Heritage Trail and is located along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Visit www.greatlighthouses.com/shine-a-light for more on the Great Lighthouses of Ireland May Bank Holiday Festival.

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.