Footage: Dun Laoghaire 1965 Kish Lighthouse towed from harbour

After a few aborted attempts due to unsuitable weather, the Kish Lighthouse was towed to it’s home 9 miles from Dun Laoghaire harbour. The 110ft and 6,500 tonne structure was a feat of engineering at the time as very few of the same nature had been deployed before. It contained six bedrooms with divan beds, tv and radio facilities and sported a helicopter landing pad at its summit. One of the first keepers was Jack Roche, and the introduction of the new construction set on a prepared bed of stones meant less people were required to man it. The lighthouse was automated in the 1990’s.

 

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