Nollick Ghennal–A Manx Christmas Greeting

Dec 24, 2013 by

Happy Christmas and A Good New Year from beautiful Ellan Vannin, the Isle of Man

Nollick Ghennal

Nollick Ghennal

Nollick Ghennal as Blein Vie Noa is Manx Gaelic for Happy Christmas and A Good New Year.

This little castle is known as the Tower of Refuge and is in Douglas Bay, off the coast of the Isle of Man.  Completed in 1832, the tower sits atop Conister Rock (also known as St Mary’s Isle) at the far end of Douglas Bay.  Sir William Hillary, founder of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, moved to Man in 1808.  He  realized that waters of the Irish Sea were too treacherous for any sailor washed overboard to swim safely to shore.  Hillary paid for the small granite tower to be built on Conister Rock, as refuge for sailors waiting to be rescued.   He made sure it provided shelter for  sailors, and also kept it stocked with fresh water and bread.

It’s possible to walk to the The Tower of Refuge when the tide is out, but it is not advised, as the tide comes in quickly  and could leave you stranded.  Locals recommend you view it from a distance, just to be safe.



Isle of Man Steam Packet Company vessel, Mona aground on St Mary’s Isle, July 2nd, 1930.

The Tower of Refuge, Isle of Man

The Tower of Refuge, Isle of Man


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1 Comment

  1. Jo Otero

    That was interesting, from one Celt to another. xxx