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Eagle Island first lit it’s beacon to mariners navigating the treacherous North West Mayo Atlantic coast on 29th September 1835.
Initially, there were two lighthouses on the Island. However, the might of winter storms came to test the structures and they endured constant damage from the attack of the wind and sea.
On the 11th March 1861 the light room of the East tower was hit smashing windows and destroying lamps. The huge wave came up 133 feet of rock and then a further 87 feet to the lighthouse.
On 31st March 1988 the lighthouse was converted to automatic operation and the Keepers were withdrawn from the station. The station is in the care of an Attendant and the aids to navigation are also monitored via a telemetry link from the Lighthouse Depot in Dun Laoghaire. Source: Commissioner of Irish Lights
Knowth, Co Meath
Broadhaven Lighthouse, Gubbacashel Point, Ballyglass. Co. Mayo
Also known locally as Ballyglass Lighthouse, Situated approx 7 miles from Belmullet, 54°16.065′ North 09°53.330′ West, on the North East part of the Mullet Peninsula in an area of outstanding beauty. A beauty and majesty which can be appreciated in both Winter and Summer. Breathtaking beaches in Summer and majestic brooding storms in Winter, complete the awe inspiring seascapes.
The light house was built in 1848, it’s white light has a range of 17 nautical miles and the red light 12 nautical miles. the tower itself is 15 metres high. It guides vessels into the sheltered Broadhaven Bay for safe anchorage from Atlantic storms.
In 1931, the lighthouse became unmanned and in 1977 was converted to electric operation.
The problem with the road out to Ballyglass is that if you are distracted by the signs for Erris Head, Annagh Head, Blacksod, Frenchport or Dún na mBó, you will find that the 15 min drive from Belmullet might might end up taking up most of your day, due to the myriad of places where stopping to take photographs is a must.