Light it up: commemorative illumination of Haulbowline lighthouse

This Saturday the 30th of July the Haulbowline Lighthouse, located at the entrance to Carlingford Lough Co. Down, will be illuminated in a unique symbolic act of commemoration. The lighthouse will be lit up from dusk until 11:00pm Saturday evening and this will continue every evening for the month of August

This illumination is to commemorate the tragedy that happened on November 3rd when the collier Retriever collided with the passenger ferry Connemara. There was only one survivor and 94 souls lost their lives that day. The tragedy deeply affected the local community and the entire coast of Carlingford Lough.

haulbowline lighthouse

During a trial illumination last week, the effect was clearly visible from the shore at Cranfield West with light spilling across the water.

The Haulbowline Light is an iconic piece of maritime architecture at the mouth of Carlingford Lough. It is a main sea light and serves to guide vessels from seaward through the entrance channel into Carlingford Lough. It is built on a wave-washed rock, exposed only at low tide.

The illumination project has been developed by a partnership of:

Newry Maritime Association Commissioners of Irish Lights Loughs Agency – Carlingford Loughs Agency – Foyle and the Kilkeel Development Association.

Update: Some images of the lighthouse lit up:

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