Loop Head

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Loop Head Lighthouse

County Clare

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Loop Head Lighthouse
Location: 52°33’39"N, 9°55’54"W
Height: 75 ft
Tower shape: Cylindrical tower
with balcony and lantern
Tower marking: White tower, red balcony rail
Light: Fl (4) W 20s
Focal height: 275 ft
Range: 23 nmi
Admiralty No.: A6338
Built 1854
Owned by: Commissioners of Irish Lights

Loop Head is a headland on the north side of the mouth of the River Shannon, in County Clare. It is known as Ceann Léime in Irish, meaning "leap head",[1][2][3]

Loop Head is marked by a prominent lighthouse. The opposite headland on the south side of the Shannon is Kerry Head. The Shannon Foynes Port Company controls navigation in the Shannon Estuary and river.[4]

Loop Head peninsula, has the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Shannon Estuary on the other, with barely a mile of land saving it from island status.

In 2010, the Loop Head peninsula was awarded a European Destinations of Excellence Award, which is an accolade for emerging tourism destinations which are developing in a responsible and sustainable manner.[5] In 2013, Loop Head was named the “Best Place to Holiday in Ireland” by The Irish Times,[6] and was shortlisted in the Best Destination category at the World Responsible Tourism awards. The Loop Head Peninsula is the only Irish destination listed in the 2014 Global Sustainable Top 100 Destinations and in 2015 took the Gold medal at the Irish Responsible Tourism Awards.

Part of the film Star Wars: The Last Jedi was filmed at Loop Head.[7]

The head has a giant "Eire" sign left over from 'World War II during The Emergency in Ireland.[8]



Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Loop Head)
Lighthouses of the Commissioners of Irish Lights

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