[Audio] Offshore Ballycotton Lighthouse opens to Tourists

13th July 2014, Sunday
By Bryan T. Smyth

East Cork has a new Tourist Attaction!

The landmark Ballycotton lighthouse has opened to visitors.

Built in the mid-1800s it’s situated on a small island about 10
minutes off Ballycotton
and until now was only visited by the Commissioners of Irish Lights
staff and their families.

Now… the financial backers of the project – SECAD – hope it will
attract 50-thousand people to the region every year,
and boost the local economy.

A new ferry can take 12-passengers per trip out to the closeby island
for a guided tour.

Former lighthouse keeper, Eddie Fitzgerald, who served on the
Ballycotton lighthouse in the late 1960s,
is among a team of guides

He says – being offshore – the experience begins from the time you set
foot in the boat


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