Heritage Council Fund Wicklow Head Lighthouse Conservation Report

Safeguarding the scenic Wicklow coastline since 1781, Wicklow Head Lighthouse is visible from miles around.  The lighthouse is a well loved and valued part of the local community’s heritage but it has suffered during lockdown and consequent lack of regular use by Irish Landmark guests.

The restoration of Wicklow Head Lighthouse was the first project for Irish Landmark Trust.  Completed in 1997, it is now time to revisit the building and carry out an in depth Conservation Report to identify locations where deterioration of the exterior finishes is allowing water to enter the building.  This Conservation Report will then enable us to prepare and plan a programme of work to address the issues.

To begin work on the report, a hoist was hired so that the project architect could inspect the entire exterior of the tower – the hoist had to reach the full 30 metre height of the tower.  Imagine the view the architect had from the top of the hoist.

Watch the video below to hear the project architect, Gráinne Shaffrey, explain a bit more about the project.

Irish Landmark is very grateful for the support of the Heritage Council under the Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2021 for providing the funding for this project.