Mutton Island lighthouse being restored

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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Sun Jan 23, 2005 11:20 am

Date: 20-01-2005-

Mutton Island lighthouse is being restored to its former glory

The Mutton Island lighthouse and keepers cottages will be restored to their former glory and once again become a prominent landmark on the city's coastline.

The Galway Civic Trust and the Heritage Office of the Galway City Council have begun work on the restoration of the Mutton Island lighthouse with the support of a grant from the Department of the Environment.

The council's Heritage Officer Jim Higgins applied for a Department of the Environment grant available for protected structures in public ownership. A grant of € 58,000 was awarded. Of that € 18,000 is going towards the Old Waterworks in Terryland and € 40,000 towards the lighthouse.

Since November the lighthouse is being renovated by two teams of FÁS workers provided by Pat Bergin and under the foremanship of Michael Davis. Bill Scanlon, a former lighthouse keeper on Mutton Island has been assisting the restoration work and detailing the use of each of the buildings.

Mr Higgins is supervising the conservation work. Civic Trust Board members Padraig Redmond and Frank Harewood are advising on the works while the glazing company of Dep Noel Grealish is sponsoring the re-glazing of the lighthouse.

The Mutton Island lighthouses was in use until the late 1970s when it was decommissioned. The lighthouse was built to last but needs to be re-glazed and fitted with a new handrail while the stonework will need maintenance. It is intended to whitewash the lighthouse.

Rotten timbers have been removed, the roof inspected for dry rot, and large areas will need to be re-slated. Attention will then turn to the windows. The Irish Lights Commission have supplied the trust with a large number of original plans to help with the restoration work on the widows.

This is the biggest project the Galway Civic Trust has undertaken to date and it is hoped once the works are complete, that the public will be able to visit the lighthouse during Heritage Week 2005.
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Postby Pharoslvr » Sun Jan 23, 2005 4:56 pm

A fine o'Irish Light!

Thanks for the "good news" story, Leah! :)
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Postby beachbum1616 » Thu Jan 27, 2005 2:50 pm

Thats good news. Thanks for sharing it.

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