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Dingle West Area
Place count in area: 14, OSI/LPS Maps: 70 
Highest place:
Mount Eagle, 516m
Maximum height for area: 516 metres,     Maximum prominence for area: 461 metres,

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

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Height: 200m OS 1:50k Mapsheet: 70 Grid Reference: V18100 94900
Place visited by 2 members. Recently by: DavidWalsh, patmccarthy
Island visited by 4 members.
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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 1390th highest place in Ireland. An Tiaracht is the most westerly summit in the Dingle West area. It's also the most westerly summit in Ireland.

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PART ONE-History An Tiaracht has long been an is .. by wicklore   (Show all for An Tiaracht)
PART TWO-First Attempt I first made enquiries wi .. by wicklore   (Show all for An Tiaracht) Picture about mountain An Tiaracht in area Dingle West, Ireland
Picture: The sea arch
wicklore on An Tiaracht, 2010
by wicklore  29 Jan 2010
PART THREE-Too Dangerous to Land
As we approached An Tiaracht the weather turned suddenly. It was like flying into a dark tunnel. The bright sky grew gloomy and the rain started. The wind rose and the wind direction changed suddenly within seconds. Out of the gloom An Tiaracht finally appeared, its base lashed by high waves and foaming sea. For the first time I got to witness this mysterious island in all its glory, from its jagged peaks and cliffs to the sea arch which almost divides the island in two. And there, as I had imagined it, was the lighthouse nestled into the cliffs, looking impossibly balanced over the boiling sea below.

Pilots flying for the Commissioners of Irish Lights are acutely aware of the dangers of updraft, southerly winds and the looming cliff walls when they attempt the landing on An Tiaracht. They are highly trained and have to be approved by the Commissioners in order to land at the highly restricted landing place on An Tiaracht. Sometimes when applying the force needed to counteract the strong updraft coming up the rock walls, that updraft can suddenly cease causing the potential for the helicopter to drop heavily. When landed, the tail of the helicopter hangs at the edge of the cliff. It really is not a job for the fainthearted pilot and passengers alike.

Our helicopter made some passes of the lighthouse as the pilot assessed the likelihood of a safe landing. He made some dummy runs but eventually declared that it wasnt going to be possible to safely land on that occasion. My disappointment was balanced by the fact that it was the right decision-landing on the island is a fearsome task that has to be done precisely. I would rather wait for another safe chance in the future. We left the island and were soon headed back to Valentia Island where the Attendant Aidan was dropped off at his home. We were then dropped back to the helipad at Castletownbear. Later it was confirmed that no further attempt would be made that day due to the inclement weather. A subsequent trip the following day was also cancelled due to fog.

And so the anticipation of a visit to An Tiaracht continues. The Commissioners of Irish Lights have kindly offered to try and get me out there sometime during 2010. Many factors can suddenly arise to cancel these trips, including bad weather and the necessity for repair work at the lighthouse. I am deeply indebted to Robert Sparkes at the Commissioners for Irish Lights for his continued support and willingness to entertain my requests for a visit to the island. I also wish to thank the organisation of the Commissioners for Irish Lights, the pilot Colm Martin, and the Attendant Aidan Walsh. Without all of their support this trip would not be possible. The Commissioners have asked me to mention that An Tiaracht is private property and that visitors are not allowed on the island.

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AN TIARACHT .. by patmccarthy   (Show all for An Tiaracht)
Like Father like Son .. by wicklore   (Show all for An Tiaracht)
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