Mizen Head, Ireland’s most Southwesterly Point
€7.95 – €50.00
In 1847 when a 1034 tons American liner, SS Stephen Whitney, sank off Crookhaven with a loss of 92 lives, the Irish Lights Board decided to build a lighthouse on the Fastnet or Fastness Rock as the existing Cape Clear Island Lighthouse, the marker for the Cape and Fastnet Rock, was too far inland. The original Fastnet Lighthouse was used from 1854 to 1891, but the tower was not sturdy enough to with strand the power of the sea. A new tower was built between 1899-1903 at a cost of £84,000. This is a magnificent engineering feat topped by a powerful biform oil light with Fresnel lenses which can be seen for 19 miles. It is in the unique position of being the first landfall after America.
Available in canvas or jigsaw