Tuesday, 24 January 2017

St John’s point Lighthouse, Killough, County Down

You can’t miss St John’s Point Lighthouse in gorgeous County Down. It's strikingly tall tower is marked with vibrant bands of yellow and black.  (The colours which distinguish it from other lighthouses are known as its daymark). St. John’s Point Lighthouse was designed by George Halpin Senior, one of the most famous civil engineers of the time. The light was first exhibited in 1844. The original lighthouse was painted white. In 1902 three black bands were added. Its current markings of black with two yellow bands have been in place since 1954. The tower was originally only 14m tall. It was extended to its current dizzying height of 40m in the 1880s and is now the tallest onshore lighthouse on the Irish coast. (Fastnet is the tallest offshore lighthouse). The lighthouse was automated in 1981.
St. John’s Point Lighthouse is now part of the " Great lighthouses of Ireland" initiative and visitors can book accomodation at this wonderful remote spot.
This is one of just over sixty coastal lighthouses and many more harbour and estuary lights I've illustrated. I'll be posting them up each day.
The A2 poster of 16 of the most iconic lighthouses is up and ready to ship. If you're interested in a particular lighthouse they're available in A4 or A3 size.

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