A few weeks ago I wrote that one of our goals for the summer is to visit various sites around Ireland that we haven’t gotten around to see since we moved here 5 years ago…with a focus on the Dublin area.
The only visit that we’ve posted photos from so far is the The Hellfire Club from July 1. Last week we went to the Rose Festival in St. Annes Park, but that is something we’ve gone to every year but one since we arrived. It was actually the first event of any kind we went to upon moving here in 2012.
On the week in between, we went too the Baily Lighthouse, in Howth with the Raheny Heritage Society. (Liz is part of the Heritage Society) Normally this trip would have been a 15 minute car ride…but since we were up in Ballybay for Liz’s birthday, we had to leave Co. Monaghan around 8:15 am, drop off all the kids and then head over to the Howth Summit.
While we have walked around Howth Head several times, we have never been able to tour the lighthouse. Below are some of my favorite shots of the day, along with some various things we learned on the day. You will note that there are no photos taken of the inside of the museum…while we were able to take them, they did ask that we don’t share them online.
The Daily Lighthouse was built in 1814 and automated in 1996. Like all lighthouses in Ireland, it is managed by the Commissioners of Irish Lights. (You can learn more over on the lighthouse’s Wikipedia page or on the Irish Lights website.)
If you’re wondering why it doesn’t have the typical light house shape, that is because a training facility for lighthouse keepers. That white structure on the back of the lighthouse is where they were housed.
We did get to go up the top of the lighthouse and take in the view.
In 1910 British actor Robert Loraine (which is easy to remember as it is my first name, and my mom’s) made the first flight across the Irish Sea. Although he crash landed about 200 ft from the coast you see above. The lighthouse keeper saw him crash and went out to rescue him…but Loraine wanted to finish what he started and swam to shore. The following night he was acting in a play in London.
There is a Lighthouse and Lightship museum at the Baily as well. If you’d like to take a tour, you do need to make an appointment.
This last picture was taken as we were leaving. I liked it because a beautiful ship can be seen close to the lighthouse. Sadly, my iPhone did not do the picture justice.