Baily / Bailey Lighthouse, Howth, Co. Dublin
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A coal burning beacon was established at Howth Head in 1667 by Sir Robert Reading. Charles II granted him letters patent to build 6 lighthouses around the coast of Ireland. The first lighthouse consisted of a small cottage (unique type in Ireland) with battered walls (part of it still remains), with a coal-burning beacon on top of a square tower. The first proper tower was built here in 1790 by Thomas Rogers, Lighthouse Contractor and Inspector to the Revenue Commissioners. It was placed high up on a hill from the current structure. A set of 6 Argand oil lamps was installed, each including a silvered copper parabolic and a bulls-eye glass pane. Because the lighthouse was often shrouded in clouds, it was replaced by the current tower, lower down on the headland at the Little Baily. Ceremonies in March of 1997, attended by the public and lighthouse officials at the Baily Lighthouse at Howth Head officially ended the era of manned stations around and along the Irish coast. Baily was the last Irish lighthouse to go automatic. The optic which was in use from 1902 to 1972 is now on display in the National Maritime Museum of Ireland.

Attractions nearby

Ardgillan Castle and Demesne within 26 km
Balbriggan Lighthouse within 29.2 km
Baldongan Castle and Church Ruins within 21.9 km
Brenanstown (Brennanstown, Glendruid ) Dolmen within 13.9 km
Bullock Castle, Dublin within 9.3 km
Carthy's Castle Ruins within 22.4 km
Christ Church Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Church of Ireland, Dublin within 14.7 km
Clondalkin Round Tower, Dublin within 23.2 km
Corr Castle, Howth within 4.2 km
Custom House, Dublin within 13.4 km
Dalkey Castle and Heritage Center, Dublin within 10 km
Dalkey Island, Dublin within 10.2 km
Djouce Mountain within 28.6 km
Drimnagh Castle, Dublin within 19.1 km
Dun Laoghaire Lighthouses within 8.2 km
Dunboyne Castle Hotel within 28.8 km
Dunsoghly Castle within 19 km
Fitzpatrick / Killiney Castle Hotel within 11 km
Four Courts within 14.8 km
Grand Canal Plaza, Dublin within 12.5 km
Great Sugarloaf Mountain within 24 km
Hell Fire Club House Ruins, Mount Pelier Hill, Dublin within 22.1 km
Herbert Park, Dublin within 12.7 km
Howth Lighthouse, Dublin within 3.7 km
Johnnie Fox's Pub within 19.1 km
Killruddery House and Gardens within 20.3 km
Lusk Round Tower within 19.8 km
Man O'War Pub & Restaurant within 23.9 km
Marlay House and Park, Dublin within 17.1 km
Monkstown Parish Church, Church of Ireland, Dublin within 10.1 km
Mount Argus Church, Dublin within 16.2 km
National Botanic Gardens, Dublin within 14.5 km
Newbridge House, Park and Farm within 15.9 km
North Bull Island, Dollymount Strand and National Natural Reserve within 7.1 km
North Wall Quay Lighthouse, Dublin within 11 km
Poolbeg Lighthouse, Dublin within 6.9 km
Powerscourt House and Gardens within 21.6 km
Powerscourt Waterfall within 26.2 km
Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin within 16.9 km
Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin within 12.6 km
Skerries Windmills within 24 km
St Augustine and St Johns / John's Lane Church within 15.1 km
St. Anne's Park, Dublin within 8.3 km
St. Doulagh's Church, Church of Ireland within 10.3 km
St. Mary's Abbey, Cistercian, Dublin within 14.5 km
St. Michan's Church, Church of Ireland, Dublin within 14.9 km
Swords Round Tower within 15.6 km
The Pro-Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Roman Catholic within 13.8 km

B&W version...
Locals watching...
Full moon rising above the horizon...
One of the caves formed by the sea forces...
Beautiful evening...
A view from the walking trail around Howth Peninsula.
B&W version...
Coast Guard Rescue team on the routine flight...
The present structure was built in 1814...
On a stroll...
Changing weather...
Couldn't get closer...
After sunset...
Storm is coming...
It's going to rain...
High contrast...
Out of this world...
Enjoying the night...
Windy January 2012
Insomnia...or early morning..
Foggy day...
Storm's getting closer...