Former lightship lantern lights up road into Arklow
THE lantern of the former lightship ‘Alf Skua’ has been lit up once more – but not in the manner it was used to.
The ten-tonne lantern was installed on the outskirts of Arklow in August, creating an eye-catching display on of the roundabouts of the M11’s Junction 20.
Now, electrical works and subtle lighting fixtures have transformed the lantern into a beacon for motorists approaching the town from the north. The extensively refurbished lantern has become a landmark for locals since its installation last year and highlights Arklow’s long maritime history.
This is just the latest in a series of efforts to enhance the approach to the town and Arklow Municipal District has announced that all eight roundabouts from the M11’s Junction 20 (Arklow North) to Junction 21 (Arklow South) have now been sponsored by local businesses under two different schemes.
Topline Bolands and the Bridgewater Centre are both responsible for maintaining their sponsored roundabout while the municipal district is putting in place a summer maintenance plan for the remaining six. It is hoped that the improvement of these roundabouts will help to generate economic benefits and increase visitor numbers, along with giving the town an identity.
Cllr Miriam Murphy, cathao- irleach of Arklow Municipal District, has thanked all the businesses that have supported the district’s Roundabout Sponsorship Scheme since it was introduced three years ago and extended her gratitude to the other businesses in Arklow that have contributed ‘in any way’ to improving the roundabouts.
‘A special thanks to Arklow Tidy Towns who have maintained some of the roundabouts over the years. I also wish to acknowledge the work undertaken by the staff of Arklow Municipal District, who introduced the scheme, and the engineering staff, who have worked with contractors and overseen the works on each roundabout,’ said Cllr Murphy.
While the lantern at juntion 20 clearly highlights Arklow Maritime links, works based around a coastal theme are also nearing completion on the two roundabouts at Junction 21.
The illuminated lantern of the Alf Skua lightship at the Junction 20 roundabout leading into Arklow.