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Mizen Head Lighthouse

Mizen Head, Co. Cork, Ireland

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On the most south-westerly point in Ireland just west of Barley Cove between Brow Head and Three Castle Head is an old signalling station, a weather station, and a lighthouse are all located here.

There is no lighthouse tower just a lantern on a steel post, originally this was a fog-signal station, established in 1909. It was not until 1959 that a light of some type was installed and lit. The light is displayed from a short mast on top the building and there is an original keeper's house and other buildings If was automated in 1993..

There is also a visitor centre giving the history of the lighthouse, keepers and area. From the visitor centre a reinforced concrete bridge built around the turn of the 20th century links the rock on which the light stands with the mainland. During 2010 this is being replaced with a new concrete version with exactly the same link so that visitors can go across and visit the light.

Photo by Nigel Cox

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Mizen Head Lighthouse, County Cork, Ireland

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5126.991' North  00949.225' West

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octagonal cylindrical stone tower attached to 1-story rectangular fog signal building, all painted white.

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55 metres

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white light, 2 s off, 2 s on

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15 nautical miles

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Commissioners of Irish Lights


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Mizen Head Lighthouse, County Cork, Ireland

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