Thursday, August 16, 2012

Roancarrig (1 and 2)

 Roancarrig lies on a small island in the middle of Bantry Bay roughly opposite Adrigole on the Beara peninsular. The first two shots were taken on a misty day from a spot on the Beara peninsular about 2 kms west of Adrigole - there's a garden furniture place which affords good views. John Eagle says the view is better from higher up. The land behind is the Sheeps Head peninsular to the south. The bottom shot is taken from Finn McCool's seat on the Sheeps Head peninsular with the Beara peninsular behind.
The lighthouse was established on 1st August 1847 at the request of the Castletownbere harbour service though the Lighthouse Directory says it was made inactive this year. The new light, which can be seen in the top two pictures to the right of the main structure, went into service on 30th April 2012.
"Roancarrig is the first of a new generation of Irish Lighthouses. The Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL) have designed a stainless steel tower with LED Light and 12 x 50W Solar Panels to replace the extensive Masonry Tower, Dwellings, Diesel Generators, and 100 Volt, 1,500 Watt filament lamp of the previous station." says the Commissioner for Irish Lights

Latitude 51°39.180' North

Longitude 9°44.820' West

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