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New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By DAVID LOOBY

THERE are paint jobs and then there is paint­ing a 120ft light­house.

This is ex­actly what a County Wick­low company’s five-man crew took on board when they be­gan paint­ing at the an­i­cent light­house last week.

150 litres of white paint and 150 litres of black paint is re­quired to paint the tower white with its black stripes. Also, 30 litres of red un­der­coat and gloss (for doors gate and rail­ings) is needed.

The job re­quires five men work­ing full-time on the project with a cradle and cherry picker.

Cathy Dowl­ing of Hook Light­house said: ‘In to­tal the paint­ing of Hook Light­house will take two weeks. The crew started on Mon­day last week do­ing the main body of the tower us­ing a cradle and a cherry picker. This week they will be paint­ing the very top of the tower and tidy­ing up around the edges.’

This job was put out to ten­der by the Com­mis­sion­ers of Ir­ish Lights and in­cluded the paint­ing of up to five other light­houses around Ire­land this year.

An Ir­ish company from Ark­low called Bas­tion Ltd won the con­tract. Hook Light­house is painted more of­ten than any other light­house ev­ery five years be­cause of the amount of vis­i­tors to the area and its pres­tige. The other light­houses get painted ev­ery seven or eight years and this is all done on a rolling ba­sis. ‘Hook is be­ing painted now be­cause we are too busy dur­ing the sum­mer with vis­i­tors and it is too cold and wet for paint to stick dur­ing the win­ter months. We have been very lucky with the weather so far this year mak­ing the job of paint­ing the light­house quick and easy. The tower is 36.3 me­tres high to the top of the dome. The monastery and the stair­well will be painted dur­ing Novem­ber giv­ing the in­side a bit of makeover too.’

Hook Light­house gets a makeover.

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