Sam – the Fanad Lighthouse dog!

Many of our visitors at Fanad Lighthouse will have had a special canine welcome from Sam. He loves to meet people from all over the world and is looking forward to being back on duty when we re-open after our COVID-19 closure period. Here are a few things you may not know about our official greeter and ball-catcher.


  • His full name is Sam Maguire, named after the All-Ireland Gaelic football trophy. Sam arrived with his family in Donegal on the day that Donegal won the prestigious trophy in 2012, hence his name.
  • Sam is a Spaniel Poodle
  • He belongs to Eimear, our manager (or is it the other way around?)
  • Sam has his own Instagram account (@sammaguireofficial)
  • He has made a big impression on a few celebrities in his time, including Ryan Tubridy, Michael Murphy, and Coronation Street’s Jim McDonald.
  • Sam is bilingual – he understands commands in both Irish and English. Eimear says he ‘lights up when he hears the words Teach Solais / Lighthouse’.


Covid-19 Update

We are now open! The visitor centre will be open on Saturdays and Sundays in May 2021 and we will publish our full summer schedule shortly. Once again, due to COVID restrictions we will be offering grounds only tickets in May, followed by self-guided tours of grounds and indoor spaces from June. Accommodation will be open again from the beginning of June. For queries, contact

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