WORK has just finished on a new navigation beacon at the mouth of Dingle Harbour and while it lacks the iconic stature of the nearby Towereen Ban it will help vessels come and go safely.
The beacon was built on a submerged rock during recent spring tides. The job involved ferrying a concrete truck to the site on a vessel that was brought in from Bere Island for the project, which was undertaken by the marine engineering division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine.
Meanwhile Minister for Agriculture and the Marine Simon Coveney has given a grant of €135,000 to help pay for cleaning up Dingle Harbour and carrying out essential work.
€70,000 of the grant will be spent on an ash-palt surface at the eastern basin, €30,000 on fencing for the net storage area, €10,000 for remedial works to the anchor blocks and chains on harbour buoys and €25,000 for the removal of boat wrecks at Burnham.
The Department has also given a grant of €11,250 for the replacement of stone at Doneen Pier. This work is being undertaken by Kerry County Council.