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Shine a Light on Summer 2018

5th – 7th May 2018, Fanad Ligthhouse, Co. Donegal

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Irish lighthouses have for many centuries been the great beacons of our coastline, helping seafarers safely find their way. So what better way to celebrate their role in maritime life and their fascinating history than with the Great Lighthouses of Ireland’s third annual festival, Shine a Light on Summer.

Taking place on the May Bank Holiday weekend – Saturday 5th to Monday 7th May 2018 – this family-friendly festival is being celebrated across five of our 12 Great Lighthouses of Ireland.

What’s it all about?
The ideal way to get everyone into the summer spirit, this fun festival lets you dive into captivating coastal experiences, enjoy maritime, craft and technology demonstrations and even discover more about the world that lies beneath the waves.

The lighthouses taking part in the festival include three located along the Wild Atlantic Way – Teach Solais Fhánada (Fanad Head Lighthouse), Donegal, Valentia Island Lighthouse, Kerry and Loop Head Lighthouse, Clare; as well as Rathlin West Light on Northern Ireland’s Antrim coast and Hook Lighthouse in Wexford, situated along Ireland’s Ancient East.

Partnering with Leave No Trace, promoters of responsible outdoor recreation, Great Lighthouses of Ireland invites you all to come and experience these wonderful coastal spots and enjoy the country’s rich heritage this May.

Fanad Lighthouse

Perched on the windswept eastern edge of County Donegal’s Fanad Peninsula, visitors can enjoy a lively day of events inspired by maritime life and the relationship between the lighthouse and the local community.

On Saturday 5th May, enjoy exciting comhrá, ceol agus damhsa with the Fanad Gaeltacht community, experience a guided coastal walk of the area from Ballywhoriskey to Baile Thiernáin and of course take a tour of the lighthouse tower to embrace that breathtaking view.

Cooking with seaweed demo and coastal walk should be booked in advance at

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