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Thursday 22 August 2019

Lighthouse staff beaming after princess pays a visit

Yvonne Shields O’Connor, CEO of Irish Lights, Princess Anne and Captain Robert McCabe, director of coastal operations with Irish Lights, at the Baily Lighthouse in Howth yesterday
Yvonne Shields O’Connor, CEO of Irish Lights, Princess Anne and Captain Robert McCabe, director of coastal operations with Irish Lights, at the Baily Lighthouse in Howth yesterday

The Baily Lighthouse has marked the northern entrance to Dublin Harbour since it was built in 1814. In the intervening 205 years, its bright beams have protected mariners under the care of Irish Lights - which yesterday had a royal visitor.

The Commissioners of Irish Lights was delighted to welcome Princess Anne to Ireland. During her visit, she met employees to learn more about Irish Lights' operations and future plans at its headquarters in Dun Laoghaire.

She was also shown the critical sea-going activities of Irish Lights with a visit to the ILV Granuaile, its multi-functional vessel. In addition, the princess visited some of Irish Lights' most famous lighthouses including the Baily, Rockabill and the Kish.

Her visit, in her role as master of Trinity House, marked the historic relationship between the lighthouse authorities of Great Britain and Ireland.

For over 150 years, the Commissioners of Irish Lights has worked in partnership with Trinity House and the Northern Lighthouse Board. The three authorities co-operate to deliver a range of services to ensure safe navigation around the Irish and UK coasts.

Irish Lights chief executive Yvonne Shields O'Connor said: "I am honoured to have this opportunity to showcase the vital work Irish Lights does, in particular with regard to providing essential safety services.

"While our work is progressive and forward-focused, we are also immeasurably proud of our rich marine heritage and we are delighted that the Princess Royal's visit also included a trip to one of the very first lighthouses built by Irish Lights in 1814, the Baily Lighthouse."

Sunday Independent

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