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The dome is finally replaced on Balbriggan lighthouse. (pic by Caroline McFadden)

The dome is finally replaced on Balbriggan lighthouse. (pic by Caroline McFadden)

The new Balbriggan Lighthouse dome. (pic by Martin Fanning)

The new Balbriggan Lighthouse dome. (pic by Martin Fanning)

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The dome is finally replaced on Balbriggan lighthouse. (pic by Caroline McFadden)

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A new light is shining over Balbriggan as the town's historic lighthouse finally got it's dome replaced after many years of waiting.

Cllr Tony Murphy welcomed the move, saying: 'The new lighthouse dome landed on the south pier for repositioning last Tuesday morning. This marks a new era for Balbriggan and we will now begin to see many deliverables that have been requested from the people by the local Councillors

'The new dome has been the topic of conversation in Balbriggan over the last few days as it completes the iconic local landmark and brings the lighthouse back to its former glory. Local groups using the lighthouse image on their headed paper are now considering adopting the new look as their logo.'

He and his constituency colleague, Cllr Gráinne Maguire added: 'We are amazed but not surprised by the great reaction of the public to the new dome.

Balbriggan lighthouse was built in 1769 under the supervision of the Hamilton family of Hampton hall.

The harbour itself was built between 1761-1765. Candles were the original means of illumination. George Hamilton was the keeper of the lighthouse for the first 43 years. On his recommendation the lighthouse was increased in height and the source of light was changed from candles to five oil lamps, each with a reflector. Following the establishment of Rockabill lighthouse in 1860, Balbriggan ceased to be a sea light and became a minor harbour light. By 1960 Balbriggan had become an unwatched electric lamp. In 1989 the responsibility for Balbriggan lighthouse passed to Dublin Port.

The removal of the glass and brass dome of the lighthouse has caused consternation to the local population for many a year. Over the years the Balbriggan historical society, other local groups, and several public representatives have sought to have the missing dome replaced. Cllr Murphy and Cllr Maguire welcomed the replacement of the dome as the start of many infrastructural changes and investment in Balbriggan by Fingal County Council and said exciting times were ahead for the town.


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