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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

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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 1262th 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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PART ONE-History An Tiaracht has long been an is .. by wicklore   (Show all for An Tiaracht)
 
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wicklore on An Tiaracht, 2010
by wicklore  27 Jan 2010
PART TWO-First Attempt
I first made enquiries with a boat operator in Kerry in February 09 about going to An Tiaracht. They explained that the island is the private property of the Commissioner of Irish Lights and that visitors are not allowed. It was also explained to me that landings are just not possible due to the nature of the rocks and cliffs of the island. In mid 2009 I contacted the Commissioners of Irish Lights directly and spoke to Robert Sparkes there. After explaining my interest he kindly offered to make an exception and allow me to go out to An Tiaracht as a guest of the Commissioners. That would involve flying out and spending the night in the lighthouse, accompanying the Attendant on his scheduled maintenance visit.

It was mid November 09 when I got the call to say that I could be accommodated on the next trip in early December. I signed the necessary indemnity forms and read the indepth safety rules of the trip. Amongst other instructions were the following:

The Attendant is in charge of the lighthouse and any instructions, including safety precautions, given by the Attendant must be complied with

You will need to bring your own food, and bedding, including reserves of food in case your visit is longer than planned.

This is a dangerous rock that can easily be wave swept.

Early on the 8th December I waited at the Irish Lights building in Castletownbear in Cork. There was a buzz of activity as Attendants prepared for various helicopter trips to some well known lighthouses Fastnet Rock and Skellig Michael are two that I knew. After a full safety briefing we suited up in our bright orange flight suits designed to protect us in the event of the helicopter ditching into water. The trip to An Tiaracht would be the first of the day and we assisted in the loading of the cargo. The pilot, Colm Martin, was wonderfully friendly and put me at ease about the trip.

The helicopter lifted off and we were airborne. We flew across the Beara Peninsula and skirted the Iveragh Peninsula on our way to the first stop at Valentia Island. We landed in a field next to the home of Aidan Walsh, the Attendant who visits An Tiaracht for scheduled inspection and maintenance. After he clambered aboard we were off again out to sea. I was mesmerised by the views of the coasts of Cork and Kerry. The mountains and hills were mere bumps as we flew past them. The islands of the Blaskets and Inishvickillane floated by below and we were on target for remote An Tiaracht. The weather had been fine up to now partly cloudy with a medium breeze. The pilot Colm had explained that precise conditions are needed to land on Tiaracht. The wind direction is critical, and could prevent a safe landing. And that is what happened. The weather turned against us. Trackback: http://mountainviews.ie/summit/1037/comment/4366/
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PART THREE-Too Dangerous to Land As we approache .. by wicklore   (Show all for An Tiaracht)
 
AN TIARACHT .. by patmccarthy   (Show all for An Tiaracht)
 
Like Father like Son .. by wicklore   (Show all for An Tiaracht)
 
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