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Hi there,

Today I'm presenting my new precious set of lighthouses in my gallery. This is a very old lighthouse in Balbriggan (the goal of my Sunday trip).

Balbriggan Lighthouse in Balbriggan Harbor, near Dublin, Ireland, has been without its lantern room since sometime in the 1960s. The second oldest working lighthouse in Ireland, it sits on the east end of two limestone piers, still guarding watch over the entrance to the harbor, although with a much smaller light. It has been undergoing a push by the local residents and Trevor Sargent, the local T.D., to put a new dome on the top, but so far without any luck. Until recently. Just before Christmas, an anonymous benefactor stepped forward and offered to pay for the restoration in full. Except now he can’t be found.

The lighthouse was built in 1761, of tapered profile on a circular plan. It has a cast-iron railed walkway supported by console surrounding lantern. Access is through an adjoining single-bay single-story building with steps up to entrance level. It is flanked by rubble stone walls.

The lighhouse has two plaques reading “This pier was built by the Honourable George Hamilton of Hampton in the county of Dublin Third Baron of His Majesty’s count of the Exchequer in Ireland whose great object in life was to promote the trade and prosperity in His country ann.dom.1761″

“Erected by people of Balbriggan in proud & loving memory of their townsman Patrick Joseph Hanley aged 29 years who from near this spot on the night of August 24th 1957 at the height of a violent storm set out, alone, in a sam boat to the rescue of two friends whom he believed in peril in the outer sea and in this endeavour lost his own life.”Greater love than this, no man hath/that a man lay down his life for his friends John 15,13.”

(source: http://lighthouse-news.com/2009/01/27/balbriggan-lighthouse-finds-benefactor/)

I hope you like it!

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