The Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse

There are references to a lighted beacon at the Old Head in pre-Christian times. The first lighthouse, proper, with a design unique to Ireland, was a cottage-type, with an open coal fire in a brazier on its roof – you will pass its runs on the way out to the Lighthouse. It was one of only six such lighthouses built around the Irish coast by Sir Robert Reading under letters patent granted to him in 1665. In 1804 Thomas Rogers was contracted to construct a temporary six foot diameter lantern … Continue reading The Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse