Spotlight shines on Wicklow Lighthouse
Wicklow Lighthouse opened its doors to the public for a day as part of Heritage Week as visitors lapped up the opportunity to imagine life as an old lighthouse keeper while touring the structure which dates back to 1781.
The restored lighthouse is under the guardianship of the Irish Landmark Trust and can be rented privately, however, rarely is it available for members of the public to walk into so they can enjoy self-guided tours. Brendan Conway was also available during part of the day to depart some of his knowledge regarding the lighthouse's history. Brendan was a lighthouse keeper for over 33 years and then spent a further 23 years looking after the lighthouse at Wicklow Head.
Wicklow Lighthouse was the one of two lighthouses built on the headland in 1781. In 1836 lightning struck the historic tower and its whole interior was destroyed. However, it was decided to keep the tower as it was a good landmark during the day. The lighthouse was first lit back as far as 1818.