Poolbeg Lighthouse Walk – Dublin Port @ Ringsend

As the weather continued to be nice [holding my breath as I know it will eventually change] after school we took the kids for a small walk.  Wanting to try something new, not too faraway as it was a school night and free, we decided to walk down to Poolbeg Lighthouse in Ringsend.

When we arrived in Dublin by ferry, we sailed by here and it was pretty cool and took the following three photos.  So why not be one of the ones walking the pier checking out all the ferries coming in.

First a quick bit of history about Poolbeg Lighthouse is one of a formation of three. located on the Great South Wall at the Port of Dublin.  The wall was the world’s longest at the time of its building, and remains one of the longest sea-walls in Europe. One of the other two lighthouses is located on the Bull Wall opposite, and the other on a wooden platform mid-channel.

Built in 1768 and 
initially operated on candlepower (reputedly the first in the world to do so) but changed to oil in 1786. It was re-designed and re-built into its present form in 1820.  The lighthouse is painted red to indicate ‘port side’ for ships entering Dublin Bay and North Bull lighthouse (on the other side of the bay) is painted green to indicate it is ‘starboard’.
During our walk, we saw Irish Ferries, P&O, two Stena Lines and some cargo ships – all of which the kids LOVED!   Soren pretended to put one in his hands, didn’t turn out so great, but you get the idea.
As we were making the long walk down the wall, carefully trying to not twist an ankle in some of the holes (not the most maintained walk around), an Asian guy with a golf bag full of fishing equipment passed us.
When we arrived at the end, he was catching all the fish and let Soren touch one.  But what was strange was that he just put them in a plastic bag without any water.  I asked why he didn’t put hem in a bucket of water – not even sure what his reply was really.  Poor fish – at least whack them on their heads to kill them instantly, why let them suffocate in a dry bag among other fish.
Who knew – half way out on the wall is the Half Moon Swimming & Water Polo club – so I couldn’t resist a couple photos.

Actually there were a few silly moments…

After we saw this last cargo ship pass by, we started to make our way back.  At which time the light was so nice, tide was low and it was just so pretty.
The walk out and back took us around 40 minutes and the reward when you reach th eend was really stunning views in every direction.  To the left was Bull Island and Howth and to the right was the city and Dun Laoghaire.
Not sure when we’ll be on the wall again, but we’re heading out on the Stena Line Ferry in October & December… and with some luck, we can take the ferry from Dublin to France… it’s a long time onboard but would make a family vacation to France very easy!

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