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Nestled between Co. Down on it’s northern shores and the Cooley Peninsula, Co. Louth on the South, the area around Carlingford Lough is one of outstanding natural beauty. Steeped in legend and history the area has something for everyone. We hope our website helps you to explore and fall in love with all it has to offer.

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Photo of the week

This week's photo is from Edward Coogan and features the Haulbowline Lighthouse on a starry night. Edward is a photographer based in Antrim who loves all things photography related from landscapes and portraits to teaching it to others. He took this picture a few months ago while the lighthouse was illuminated in blue to honour the fabulous work of the NHS and the HSE. Edward wanted to capture it as a beacon of hope in these dark times. Edward loves photography and it gives him a chance to get to some fantastic places and to meet some lovely people while out capturing images. You can follow Edward on his facebook page Digital Photography N.I and you can see more of Edward's photography on his website www.digitalphotographyni.com where he show cases some of his work for all to see.

The Haulbowline light house was completed in 1824 after a request was made in 1817 to replace the 1803 Cranfield Point Lighthouse. The Cranfield Light house was considered to be in a poor position to mark dangerous rocks at the entrance to Carlingford Lough. It is 34m (112 ft) in height and the main light is 32m above high water. It serves to guide vessels through the entrance channel into Carlingford Lough. It was built on a semi-submerged rock which is exposed only at low tide with fast currents running around it and was considered quite a feat at the time. It was painted white and remained white until 1946 when it was changed to its natural stone colour. From 1824 until 1922 the Keepers and their families lived in the Cranfield Point Lighthouse dwelling. New dwellings were built at Greencastle in 1922 and subsequently sold after the light was automated. The light was converted to electric and made unwatched automatic on 17 March 1965. The fog signal was permanently disestablished on 8 January 2009 and to this day is still missed by many locals.

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