J5985 : Old lighthouse, Lighthouse Island

taken 6 years ago, 7 km from Groomsport, Northern Ireland

Old lighthouse, Lighthouse Island
Old lighthouse, Lighthouse Island
The remains of the old lighthouse on Lighthouse Island. The stone is believed to be Wicklow granite which would have been transported here by ship up the Irish Sea - a hugely difficult task in the early 1800s. The lighthouse was much taller than this remaining stump but had to be partially demolished as the light from the new Mew Island Lighthouse was disrupted by it; the demolished stones have been left lying around the stump, although many were reused in the construction of other buildings.
Lighthouse Island, Copeland Islands near Donaghadee :: J5986
Lighthouse Island is one of the Copeland Islands, off the north eastern coast of Co Down, close to Donaghadee and the entrance to Belfast Lough. The following is a condensed version of a Wikipedia article: in 1671 James Ross obtained a fee farm grant of these. In 1770 David Kerr bought the islands from the Earl of Clanbrassil. A light beacon was established circa 1715 on what is now Lighthouse Island followed by a permanent lighthouse in 1813. In 1884 the lighthouse, which still exists, was replaced by one on nearby Mew Island. No longer inhabited, Lighthouse Island is now home to the Copeland Bird Observatory. This is the link to the full Wiki article LinkExternal link. Also useful Irish Lights LinkExternal link and the Copeland Islands Bird Observatory LinkExternal link.
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J5985, 19 images   (more nearby )
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Tuesday, 14 June, 2011   (more nearby)
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Friday, 17 June, 2011
Geographical Context
Coastal  Historic sites and artefacts  Islands 
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Copeland Islands  Lighthouse Island  Copeland Bird Observatory 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 596 859 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:41.7653N 5:31.4515W
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Irish: geotagged! J 596 859
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