Little Samphire Island January 2015

January 23, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Little Samphire IslandLittle Samphire IslandJohn Eagle standing by the solar panels at the lighthouse

The visit to the lighthouse had been planned for two previous occasions but due to stormy weather it had to be put off. January 22nd 2015 was perfect. Lots of sunshine and Dingle mountains covered with snow. I was invited on the trip by John McGibney of Fenit Harbour Office who looks after the lighthouse and regularly takes people out to see it. (He took the above picture of me standing by the solar panels)  I took the Southern Irish Extreme Lighthouse Tour to it in June 2014, and I was there a year previous to that. You might wonder why I keep going back, it is just that it is a nice little lighthouse, a jewel in the magnificent Tralee Bay with the graceful mountains of Dingle on the southern shore.

It takes about 15 minutes to take the boat trip out to the island from Fenit Harbour, which lies to the west of Tralee town, the county town of Kerry and host to the Rose of Tralee Festival held at the end of August each year.

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Our boat was Kerry Colleen 2, which gives angling trips to visitors during the year, seen above coming to collect us from the island

 

The lighthouse was built in 1854 at 52 16.2N 9 52.9W in Tralee Bay. It has an elevation of 17m, electrified in 1976. It now gets its power from solar panels.

With me on the trip to the lighthouse was Siobhan King from Bord Failte, working on the Wild Atlantic Way, who works in Limerick

The tower with John McGibney standing on the balcony

 


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