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Loop Head Lighthouse Pic by Valerie O’Sullivan / Clare County Council

Loop Head Lighthouse reopens on Saturday

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*Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

This year’s tourist season at Loop Head Lighthouse commences on Saturday, 16 March 2019 as the historic West Clare landmark opens to the public for the first time in 2019.

Located at the mouth of the Shannon Estuary on the Loop Head Peninsula, the popular tourist attraction is one of two “Signature Discovery Points” in County Clare along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way. It also is a landmark location on the Loop Head Heritage Trail and is one of 12 Great Lighthouses of Ireland.

Loop Head Lighthouse origins’ date back to the 1670s, the existing tower style lighthouse was constructed in 1854 and was operated and maintained by a keeper who lived within the lighthouse compound. In January 1991, the lighthouse was converted to automatic operation, and today is monitored by the CIL.

Almost 25,000 visitors travelled to Loop Head Lighthouse in 2018. It will remain open daily from 10am to 6pm until November 3rd. Admission to the lighthouse, which includes the exhibition and guided tour of the site, is Adults (€5), Children (€2) and Family Passes for up to 2 adults + 3 children (€12).

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, and A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to -

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