Fanad Head Lighthouse

Fanad Head Lighthouse

Co. Donegal, Ireland

No 52 in the Irish Lighthouse Series

First lit March 17, 1817, after frigate Saldana was wrecked there in 1812.  A fixed catoptric light showed read to sea, white to Lough Swilly, visible for 14 miles.  August 12th 1909 new revolving 3rd Order Lens installed.  Apparatus completely replaced 1975 when light was converted to unwatched automatic.  Group flash white and red, 5 flashes every 20 seconds.

1886 (station established 1817). Active; focal plane 39 m (127 ft); five white flashes every 20 s. 22 m (72 ft) round masonry tower with lantern and gallery, painted white, connected by a covered walkway to 2-story keeper’s house; 300 mm lens. Several additional keeper’s houses and other buildings enclosed by a stone wall.  One of the keeper’s houses is occupied by a resident attendent. This lighthouse stands on a very picturesque site at the western entrance to Lough Swilly, making the lighthouse a favorite subject of photographers. The original lighthouse was a sibling of Mutton Island Light, Galway (see below). Located atop a vertical cliff about 3 km (2 mi) northeast of Arryheernabin. Site and tower closed, but the lighthouse can be viewed from outside the enclosure. Operator: Commissioners of Irish Lights. ARLHS IRE-085; Admiralty A6168; NGA 7240.

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