Lighthouse shines a light on Loop Head

Lighthouse shines a light on Loop Head

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

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

From Saturday 5th May to Monday 7th May, a festival will take place at 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 will host family-friendly events including Irish traditional music at the Lighthouse on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2.00pm to 4.00pm and the Food Circle showcasing local food produce on Bank Holiday Monday from 1.00pm to 3.00pm.

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 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.

Loop Head Lighthouse will remain open daily (10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.) until 4 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). Visitwww.loophead.ie or www.clare.ie for more information on Loop Head Lighthouse and the Loop Head Peninsula.  Visit www.greatlighthouses.com/shine-a-light for more on the Great Lighthouses of Ireland May Bank Holiday Festival.

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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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