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Bailey Lighthouse, County Dublin

The Bail(e)y Lighthouse is a lighthouse on the southeastern part of Howth Head in Dublin, Ireland.

The first lighthouse on this site was built in about 1667 by Sir Robert Reading.
On December 5, 1811 a recommendation was issued that the lighthouse should be moved south on the headland to Little Baily. A new tower and house for the keeper, designed by George Halpin Senior, the corporations’s Inspector of Works, was completed in 1814. The top of the tower stood 41 m above the sea.

The area was the scene of a number of shipwrecks. On August 3, 1846, the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company's paddle steamer Prince ran into the cliffs about 2½ km north of Baily in heavy fog, and as a result it was decided that fog bells should be installed at the lighthouse. But the work was delayed.

The most notable wreck was the tragedy of the PS Queen Victoria in 1853, in which over 80 passengers and crew died. The fog bell was finally installed in April, 1853, as a result of the Queen Victoria shipwreck and the subsequent inquiry.

n 2000, a small museum was established in the reworked buildings by the Commissioners of Irish Lights, including small artefacts gathered from retired staff. This museum is not open routinely but by arrangement for staff and former staff, and their families, and small interest groups.

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Howth,
County Dublin

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