The Irish lighthouse keeper who gave D-Day the go-ahead

As a young woman growing up in County Kerry, Maureen Flavin Sweeney dreamed of moving to the United States.

 Blacksod Point, Ireland

Belmullet in County Mayo, on the Atlantic coast of Ireland, was as far west as she got.

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The oldest lighthouse in RI (Prudence Island) has changed hands. Heres what to know about it.

After a few speeches, words of thanks and some gulped shots of bubbling wine, Raymond Jenness wrenched open the door to Prudence Island Light, the oldest lighthouse in Rhode Island, in a ceremonial marker of the transfer of ownership from the federal government to the Prudence Conservancy.

Prudence Island, RI - Ralph Eshelman

Jenness, chairman of the Prudence Conservancy, dressed for the occasion on Saturday, with an unlit pipe, captain's hat, khakis, blazer and mud boots- despite calls for him to take the pipe out of his mouth from the small crowd on the sand in front of the lighthouse.

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Gibbs Hill (Bermuda) Lighthouse repairs stalled by crane breakdown

Long-term repairs to Gibbs Hill Lighthouse are expected to be completed "by 2025", the Government said.

Gibb's Hill, Bermuda - Thomas A. Tag

The Ministry of Public Works explained that a crane, which can perform works at the Southhampton landmark, was out of action.

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Sherman Memorial Lighthouse (PA) tours start this weekend

The Tionesta Lyons Club has announced its 2024 Lighthouse tour schedule. 

Sherman Memorial, PA - Uncovering PA

This year, the Sherman Memorial Lighthouse located on Lighthouse Island on the beautiful Allegheny River in Tionesta, PA, will be open for tours the second Saturday of the month June through October.

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Tybee Island (GA) Historical Society secures $20,000 grant to help lighthouse restoration

The Tybee Island Historical Society just secured a $20,000 grant to assist in the restoration of the iconic lighthouse, which is currently in its third phase.

Tybee Island, GA - J. Candace Clifford

TIHS announced in a press release that it had been chosen as a recipient of the Georgia Power Foundation Grant. Georgia Power selects local organizations for funding based on their potential impact. While the amount was not disclosed in the press release, it will "significantly contribute to this vital restoration effort."

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Renovations light way to next chapter for Tybee Island (GA) Lighthouse

There is a centuries-long story being told by two types of brick, exposed during the ongoing renovation of this historic lighthouse and removal of the surrounding stucco.

The tale goes back to 1773, as evident by the Savannah Grey bricks at the base of the tower that survived after Confederate soldiers set the lighthouse ablaze during the Civil War. The next chapter begins with adjoining fired bricks that were used later when the lighthouse was rebuilt in 1867.

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Watch: Professional cliff diver jumps off Minot Lighthouse in Scituate, MA

In preparation for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series competition this weekend, one Red Bull athlete took her talents to the South Shore for a warmup round on Tuesday.

Minots Ledge, MA - Jeremy D'Entremont

28-years-old Ellie Smart, who finished 4th in the world in 2023 in the cliff diving competition, scaled Scituate's own Minot Ledge Lighthouse. 

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Cape Hatteras (NC) Lighthouse renovation update

This is a WAVY 10 news update video

Cape Hatteras, NC - WAVY-TV 10

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Mission Point (MI) Lighthouse Gets a Telescope Viewer

Did you know that we have a Lighthouse Keepers program here on the Old Mission Peninsula? Yes, it's true. You and/or a friend can stay at Mission Point Lighthouse and do cool lighthouse things. 

Mission Point, MI - Ralph Eshelman

Well, two years ago, Lighthouse Keeper David Ewing asked the Mission Point Lighthouse Keepers Association (MPLKA), "Do you have any thoughts about a fundraising project, and what would you do with the money?" Their answer was to have a telescope viewer overlooking West Grand Traverse Bay toward Omena.

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Buffalo (NY) Lighthouse tours resume

The iconic Buffalo Lighthouse just reopened for tours after undergoing some repairs to the area around it.

Buffalo, NY - Ralph Eshelman

Lighthouse tours have started again after COVID and storm damage forced them to be cancelled for three of the last four years.

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Behind NC coast's range lights, buoy depots, gas works

I would like to share a collection of historical photographs from National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

Oak Island Rear Range, NC - National Archives

They were taken by inspectors and other personnel of the United States Lighthouse Board (1852-1910) and its successor agency, the United States Lighthouse Service (1910-1939), in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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