Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Rockabill Lighthouse, Skerries, County Dublin

In 1837 the Drogheda Harbour Commissioners proposed that a lighthouse be built on Rockabill off Skerries, and they stated that the shipping which frequented Drogheda would cheerfully pay a toll towards a light on Rockabill. 
The lighthouse tower was built 1855–1860 of granite from the Mourne Mountains in County Down and local limestone from Milverton. The name comes from the Irish name for the rock - Carraig Dá Bheola, meaning "Two Lips Rock".
The lighthouse was converted to automatic operation on 1 April 1989. The Lightkeepers were withdrawn and the station was put in the care of a part-time Attendant.
Skerries Sea Tours runs a passenger trip daily to the Lighthouse during the summer months:
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. 

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