Poolbeg Lighthouse, Dublin

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Poolbeg Lighthouse in Dublin Bay was built in 1768 and initially operated on candlepower (reputedly the first in the world to do so) but changed to oil in 1786. It was re-designed and re-built into its present form in 1820.
The lighthouse, one of a formation of three, is located on the Great South Wall (South Bull Wall), at the Port of Dublin, which extends from Ringsend's Poolbeg peninsula nearly four miles out into Dublin Bay. The wall was the world's longest at the time of its building, and remains one of the longest sea-walls in Europe. One of the other two lighthouses is located on the Bull Wall opposite, and the other on a wooden platform mid-channel.
The Poolbeg Lighthouse is a handsome and conspicuous feature in the bay, in which it occupies an almost central position. It is nearly equidistant from Dublin, Dún Laoghaire, and Howth, and commands extensive views of the shores of the bay, with an unbroken panorama of the mountains on the south. Howth with its heather-clad hills, its bright green fields and rugged reaches of sea cliffs, looks particularly attractive from this point.
The lighthouse when originally constructed, presented an entirely different appearance from what it does at the present time. It was not as high as the existing structure, it sloped much more rapidly towards the top, and was surmounted by an octagonal lantern with eight heavy glass windows. A stone staircase with an iron balustrade led to the second storey, where an iron gallery surrounded the whole building.
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  • Difficult access, but worth it. There is a marked path that surrounds the coast. I recommend going when the weather doesn't bad, since it runs a lot of air. You have to prepare with comfortable shoes.
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  • The walk on the pier is quite nice, but quite windy and not so nice the walk to reach it (power plant and purifier)
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  • Great walk. A little uneven for people with lower mobility, could be a challenge. Little coffee van at the entrance to the pier is very convenient and a place to sit down about half way out. Ships pass quite close so fun to look up the names and home ports and cargo type as they pass.
  • Sorry, didn't visit but certainly past it as we entered port! Looks as though people do go there and I noticed joggers, dog walkers and a tiny space where cars are. Did see walkers along the strip of land coming from the power station? Through the most, looked an interesting look out post.
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