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Donaghadee Lighthouse

Down, Northern Ireland

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The lighthouse at Donaghadee dates from 1836. The tower is built of cut limestone, fluted, and in its early days was unpainted in natural grey colour. The tower, including the lantern and dome, is now painted white with a black plinth since some time 1869 and 1875.

Conversion to an unwatched electric lighthouse was made in 1934 and this made it the first Irish lighthouse to be converted to electric, with Chaine Tower in Larne following the next year.

Photo by Ross

Photo by Ross

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Donaghadee Lighthouse, Down, Northern Ireland

Current status:


Geographic Position:

5438.707' North  00531.860' West

Grid Reference:

J594802 and   NW722335

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built of cut limestone, fluted, and in its early days was unpainted in natural grey colour. Today the tower, including the lantern and dome, is painted white with a black plinth, a decision which was taken some time between 1869 and 1875.

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Height of Tower:

16 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

17 metres

Character of light:

White light 2s on, 2s off, red light is shown over shallow water along the shore to the south east

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

6 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Commissioners of Irish Lights

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