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