For­mer light­ship lantern lights up road into Ark­low

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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