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Tearaght Island Hill An Tiaracht A name in Irish
(Ir. An Tiaracht [logainm.ie], 'the westerly (island)') Kerry County, in Binnion List, Cross-bedded sandstone Bedrock

Height: 200m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 70 Grid Reference: V18100 94900 This place has been logged as visited by 1 members. Recently by: patmccarthy
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Longitude: -10.653976, Latitude: 52.076631 , Easting: 18100, Northing: 94900 Prominence: 200m,  Isolation: 3.7km
ITM: 418090 594957,   GPS IDs, 6 char: TrghIs, 10 char: TrghtIslnd
Bedrock type: Cross-bedded sandstone, (Coumeenoole Sandstone Formation)

This is the most westerly of the Blasket Islands. Its profile is remarkably similar to that of Skellig Michael. Its only human inhabitants were the lighthouse-keepers and their families. As the lighthouse was on the side facing the Atlantic, the view only reinforced their isolation. A natural rock-arch connects the two parts of the island.   An Tiaracht is the 1388th highest summit in Ireland. An Tiaracht is the most westerly summit in the Dingle West area. It's also the most westerly summit in .

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wicklore on An Tiaracht, 2010
by wicklore  22 Jan 2010
PART ONE-History

An Tiaracht has long been an island of mystery. There is little information in the public domain about it-no detailed maps, hardly any photos, and virtually no reports of visits there. It sits 12 kms off the Kerry coast, the farthest of the Blasket group of islands. Inis Tiaracht means Westerly Island, and it is the most westerly land of Ireland and Europe. Also known as Inishtearaght, it is similar to Skellig Michael in appearance, but one big difference is that An Tiaracht does not have tourist trips out to it. It doesnt have landing places for boats, or stone steps or anything that would enable a sailor to land there. Helicopter is the only way to access An Tiaracht in modern times. The island is inhospitable-two steep pinnacles rising to 106 metres and 200 metres, joined by a saddle. There is a sea arch under the narrow saddle, adding stark beauty to this remote island.

An Tiaracht belongs to the Commissioners of Irish Lights. It was first mooted that a lighthouse be built there in 1846, and work eventually began in 1864. Large quantities of rock were blasted in the cliffs to make suitable space for a lighthouse, dwellings and a covered walkway between the two.

Ships were originally used to reach the island, and over the years a funicular railway was used to transport materials up the steep slopes. After years of difficult work the lighthouse was first lit on 1st May 1870. Sitting over 80 meters above sea level, the lighthouse was manned by two keepers and their families, and they kept goats and rabbits on the island. It still has a population of rabbits, although they were described to me recently as so thin your fingers nearly met when you held one in your hand. The steep slopes are prone to losing their meagre soil in heavy rain, so goats and rabbits alike had a very tough life. Tiaracht also has one of the biggest puffin and storm petrel colonies in Ireland, with many thousands of both species living there.

The complex of buildings in the cliffs of An Tiaracht includes the lighthouse, outhouses and old accommodation quarters. They huddle together on the southern and western face of the island, perched above the boiling sea below. There are also many old ruins, remnants of the funicular railway and ship activity that used to take place there. On 6th April 1988 the lighthouse was converted to automatic operation and the Keepers were withdrawn from the station. Now Tiaracht is deserted and the lighthouse continues its lonely vigil of the sea using solar power and back-up generators. Currently the lighthouse receives an inspection visit every 9 weeks or so when the Attendant is flown out by helicopter to assess its functioning and carry out maintenance work. Often the helicopter cant land because of wind or bad weather. Sometimes the Attendant has to remain on the island for several days or more if the weather turns foul. Tiaracht really is a most lonely and bleak place indeed.
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PART TWO-First Attempt I first made enquiries wi .. by wicklore   (Show all for An Tiaracht)
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