Loop Head Lighthouse numbers increase

Loop Head Lighthouse numbers increase

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Loop Head Lighthouse has recorded an increase in visitor numbers for a sixth successive year with latest figures for 2017 showing that 24,450 visiting the County Clare attraction between March and September.

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.

Figures released by Clare County Council, which manages the lighthouse in conjunction with the Commissioner of Irish Lights (CIL), reveal that visitor numbers grew by 1.5% compared to the same period in 2016 when 24,008 people visited the 19th century lighthouse.

Loop Head Lighthouse is steeped in history and is 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.

The attraction will remain open daily (10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.) until 5 November.

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.

Learn more about the lighthouse in this Clare FM radio package.

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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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