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Loop Head Lighthouse Shines a Light on Summer

Date issued: 19/04/17

Loop Head Lighthouse will be showcased during the forthcoming May Bank Holiday Weekend through its status as one of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland.

From Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May, a festival will take place at 6 of the 12 Great Lighthouses, an all-island tourism initiative that also includes lighthouses at Hook Head in Wexford, Valentia Island in Kerry and Donegal’s Fanad Head.

Loop Head, which attracted over 27,000 visitors in 2016, will host family-friendly events including tours, music, storytelling, and a local food and craft showcase. There will be Irish traditional music and storytelling at the Lighthouse on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, while on Bank Holiday Monday a guided walk will take place and the Loop Head Food Trail will host food-tasting stalls.

Martin Gleeson, Supervisor for Loop Head Lighthouse said, "This three-day weekend festival celebrates the Loop Head Peninsula's maritime history and unique landscape.  The public will be able to enjoy the stories of our maritime past, enjoy our local food and discover more about the 19th century lighthouse. It promises to be a very enjoyable weekend.”

With many of our Great Lighthouses along the Wild Atlantic Way, Fiona Monaghan, Head of Wild Atlantic Way at Failte Ireland, said: “This is the weekend to embrace the Wild Atlantic Way and discover the stories of the lighthouses and their communities. We in Failte Ireland are delighted to support this event as it encourages visitors to experience the wonders of life shaped by the sea and to meet with the people who are passionate about these unique places.”

Clare County Council, which manages Loop Head Lighthouse in conjunction with the Commissioners of Irish Lights (CIL), reopened the popular visitor attraction for the 2017 tourist season in March. Located at the mouth of the Shannon Estuary on the Loop Head Peninsula, the attraction is a landmark location on the Loop Head Heritage Trail and is located along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Visit www.greatlighthouses.com/shine-a-light for more on the Great Lighthouses of Ireland May Bank Holiday Festival.

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 19/04/17