Baily Lighthouse, Howth

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The Baily Lighthouse is a lighthouse on the southeastern part of Howth Head in Dublin, Ireland. It is maintained by the Commissioners of Irish Lights.
Early historyThe first lighthouse on this site was built in about 1667 by Sir Robert Reading, and was one of six that Reading had received letters patent to build from Charles II in 1665. The original facility consisted of a small cottage and a square tower which supported a coal-fired beacon. Parts of the original buildings remain. In 1790, the coal beacon was replaced with a set of six Argand oil lamps, each including a silvered copper parabolic and a bulls-eye glass pane. During this period, the lighthouse was maintained by the Revenue Commissioners.
New siteIn 1810, the Corporation for Preserving and Improving the Port of Dublin took over the operations. The original building's location was high on the headland, so the light was often obscured by fog. On December 5, 1811 a recommendation was issued that the lighthouse be moved south on the headland to Little Baily, or Dungriffen. A new tower and house for the keeper, designed by George Halpin Senior, the corporations’s Inspector of Works, was completed on March 17, 1814. The top of the tower stood 134 feet (41 m) above the sea, and the fixed white catoptric light was provided by a set of 24 Argand lamps and reflectors.
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  • The best view of the Baily Lighthouse is from Howth Summit looking down at it. Yesterday the visibility was fabulous in fact it was the best ever. If you stop at the Summit you can walk down to the Li...  more »
  • From the hill very beautiful panorama and photo stop, you can only just walk in front of access blocked
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  • Best experienced st sea level. There you can enjoy the race and spectacular views. Walking there I'd a bit of a slog.
  • Just a magical place when you get it on the right day
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