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first time, I was totally unprepared for the unusual sight that unfolded before me. Te huge structure is a rather different set-up from the more conventional lighthouse. It is upside down in that the light is at the bottom and the living accommodation at the top. Work started on the West Lighthouse in 1912 and was more or less completed by 1916 at the staggering cost of £400,000. Because of World War I it didn’t come into operation until 1919. People often wonder why it wasn’t built on top of the cliffs at Crockantirrive as opposed to half way down. Te reason is simple; the cliff top is often shrouded in mist or low cloud. All lighthouses in Ireland are now automated

West Lighthouse

towards the West Lighthouse built on the side of Crockantirrive. Although I had a great sense of excitement as I approached the West Lighthouse complex for the

View of stacks to the west 43

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