Radio Club makes international connections from Loop Head

Radio Club makes international connections from Loop Head


A broadcast from the Limerick Radio Club.

A group of (ham) radio amateurs from across the Mid West made contact from Loop Head Lighthouse with more than 1300 people in 60 countries at the weekend.

The Limerick Clare Radio Club broadcast non-stop for 48 hours from the West Clare lighthouse as part of 22nd annual International Lighthouse / Lightship Weekend (ILLW).

The Club said it successfully made contact via Morse Code and SSB (Single Sideband) Radio with lighthouses/lightships as far away as Brazil, Japan, Australia, USA, Canada, Kazakhstan, Asiatic Russia, South Africa and islands across the Caribbean.

During the broadcast, visitors to the lighthouse were able to listen into communications with some of the other participating radio operators broadcasting from other lighthouses and lightships around the world.

The event was held at Loop Head Lighthouse – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Alan Cronin of the Limerick Clare Radio Club commented: “The weekend was hugely successful from the perspective of raising the profile of Loop Head Lighthouse amongst radio operators from all over the world. We are delighted with the huge number of successful contacts made and look forward to developing our newly established relationships with other radio clubs in the coming months.”

Clare County Council, along with the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL), facilitated the broadcast. The Club also received approval from the Communications Regulator.

Further information on the annual International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) is available from Visit or for more information on Loop Head Lighthouse and the Loop Head Peninsula.

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.