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Sunday, 25 February 2018


Irish Lighthouses/Commissioners of Irish Lights


On the 6th of October An Post issued a stamp to commemorate The Commissioners of Irish Lights.

The Commissioners of Irish Lights (Irish Lights) is a unique organisation that provides an essential safety service around the coast of Ireland, protecting the marine environment and supporting the marine industry and coastal communities.

Ireland has had lighthouses for a very long time: the oldest still in use today dates back well over 1,000 years to perhaps the 5th century. Then, the monks of Rinn Dubháin in Co. Wexford (now known as Hook Head), lit a beacon to warn shipping away from dangerous rocks.

Today, Irish Lights provides and maintains over 300 general aids to navigation, lighthouses for example. They manage about 4,000 local aids to navigation (buoys, etc) and marks or removes dangerous wrecks outside harbour areas.

Irish Lights is crucial to the safety of our nation and to the success of our economy: 95% of our imports and exports are carried on ships. Each year, over 30 million tonnes of goods, almost 4 million passengers and more than 1 million containers pass through Irish ports and Irish Lights make sure it’s plain sailing for all of it.

There are four stamps in the collection designed by Vermillon Design and they feature Irish Lights staff working on a Buoy; a helicopter at work near Fanad lighthouse in Donegal; the technology Irish Lights offers to the sea user; and the ILV Granuaile, the service’s multifunctional vessel.