J5985 : Shoreline, Lighthouse Island

taken 8 years ago, 7 km from Groomsport, Northern Ireland

Shoreline, Lighthouse Island
Shoreline, Lighthouse Island
The rocky shoreline on Lighthouse Island with Mew Island seen behind. The small landing stage with Bangor Boat LinkExternal link the 'Blue Aquarius' LinkExternal link is in the foreground.
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.
Mew Island lighthouse, Copeland Islands near Donaghadee :: J6086

The present lighthouse and fog signal on Mew Island was established on 1st November 1884 when its predecessor, on Lighthouse Island, was discontinued. It was converted to automatic operation with the lighthouse keepers permanently withdrawn on 29th March 1996. The station is in the care of an attendant. The aids to navigation are also monitored via a telemetry link from Irish Lights Dun Laoghaire.

A detailed description in available on the Irish Lights website LinkExternal link
Mew Island, Copeland Islands near Donaghadee :: J6086

One of the Copeland Islands, with an area of 31 acres, off the coast of north east Co Down. The name reputedly comes from the sea mews (gulls) which nest there.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 14 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Friday, 17 June, 2011
Geographical Context
Coastal  Islands  Docks, Harbours  Estuary, Marine 
Place (from Tags)
Lighthouse Island  Mew Island  Copeland Bird Observatory  Copeland Islands 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 598 857 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:41.6763N 5:31.3173W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 598 857
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Blue Aquarius  Bangor Boat 

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