From Saturday 30th of July, Haulbowline Lighthouse tower will be illuminated from dusk to 11:00pm. This illumination will take place every evening during the month of August, and will commemorate the centennial of a shipping disaster that happened near the lighthouse. The tower will be lit across the ‘inland’ arc and the effect will be visible from the shore at Cranfield West (postcode BT34 4LJ) around to Greenore. Partners of this project include: Newry Maritime Association, Kilkeel Development Association, Irish Lights and the Loughs Agency.
In November 1916, a collier (plying between the Lancashire coal port of Garston and the port of Newry) collided with a passenger ferry bound for Holyhead out of Greenore. There was considerable loss of life as 94 people drowned; crew and passengers. There was only one survivor. The sinkings affected the entire coast and hinterland of Carlingford Lough.