Great Lighthouses of Ireland

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Posted: 30.09.2018  ·  #1
Just watched episode 1 of ‘Great Lighthouses of Ireland’ on RTÉ 1. Fascinating. Should be up on the player eventually for anyone interested in such things.


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Yes, we have a particular interest in Irish Lighthouses, we recorded it to watch later tonight.


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Watched it. Yep very good. I have been to quite a few of them. I’d say Nigel would enjoy it alright Rosemary


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it was good, it even had a bit about our favorite the Hook, although I still have to challenge them about being the oldest working lighthouse in the world, when the Tower of Hercules in Corunna, is older.


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I think that the claim to fame, is that hook is the oldest continually operating lighthouse in the world. If memory serves me the Tower of Hercules was rebuilt and re-commissioned as a lighthouse, but has not been in continual use


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I think that the claim to fame is that hook is the oldest continually operating lighthouse in the world. If memory serves me the Tower of Hercules was rebuilt and re-commissioned as a lighthouse but has not been in continuous use


According to Wikipedia. the Hook is listed as
It is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world and the second oldest operating lighthouse in the world, after the Tower of Hercules in Spain. It is operated by the Commissioners of Irish Lights, the Irish Lighthouse Authority, it marks the eastern entrance to Waterford Harbour.
So still to be proved.


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Uhm. I still think it’s the continuous angle that they are basing their claim on. Tower of Hercules was out of use for quite a period I’m fairly confident. I suppose it all depends on your take on oldest or oldest continually used for its purpose.
I’m sticking with hook anyway.
Lighting for the longest time in the world continually 😐


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Would the fact that you live in Wexford have anything to do with it? :-/ :lol:


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Doesn’t stop it being a fact though👍


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Something like 9 years to complete 118 days of construction on Fastnet Rock with hand tools and primitive steam derricks. They were hardy men.
A design team would now spent 118 days preparing paperwork for such a project in 2018 !
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Something like 9 years to complete 118 days of construction on Fastnet Rock with hand tools and primitive steam derricks. They were hardy men.
A design team would now spent 118 days preparing paperwork for such a project in 2018 !
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Regarding some of the health and safety experts that we have today this kind of project would never be done.


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Something like 9 years to complete 118 days of construction on Fastnet Rock with hand tools and primitive steam derricks. They were hardy men.
A design team would now spent 118 days preparing paperwork for such a project in 2018 !
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I know, it’s nuts. And crazy to think that these men probably did’nt know what electricity even was, let alone that some day these structures would be electrified and unmanned. Beautifully shot documentary


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