The Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse

Yesterday we were very fortunate to be able to visit The Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse, fortunate because as this is a fully operational lighthouse, it is only open to the public one weekend a year, to raise funds for the restoration of the nearby Old Head Signal Tower and Lusitania Memorial Garden.

The black and white lighthouse

The black and white lighthouse

The road leading to the lighthouse is part of the Old Head of Kinsale Golf Links, a private golf club, and is usually not open to the public, for obvious reasons like dangerous cliffs and flying golfballs! This course is built almost on an island, jutting out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean, with the lighthouse at the end.   With the swirling winds and sheer cliffs at each side, you would have to be a very experienced golfer to play here! Have a look at the link above to see the ‘interesting’ cliff top greens.

Golf club house

Golf club house

Golf, but not for beginners.

Golf, but not for beginners!

There has been a lighthouse at the Old Head since 1665.  The first was a cottage type building with an open coal fire in a brazier on the roof, which was replaced in 1804 by a lantern with twelve oil lamps and reflectors.  Eventually in 1853 the present lighthouse was built, and is fully automated, so there are no lighthouse keepers any more, but that is the case almost everywhere, and such is the price of progress.

It was just off this coast in 1915 that a German U boat torpedoed and sank the RMS Lusitania, with the loss of over 1100 passengers, and the wreckage still lies under the waves close by.

Commemoration stamp for the sinking of the RMS     Lusitania

Commemoration stamp for the sinking of the RMS Lusitania





14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Livonne
    Jun 01, 2015 @ 10:23:41

    What a fantastic experience. I love lighthouses. There is something majestic about them.

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  2. wildsherkin
    Jun 01, 2015 @ 10:35:12

    Joan, this is the first time I have ever seen the club house! Such a shame that the public don’t have access any more to this lovely part of the Cork coastline.

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  3. KerryCan
    Jun 01, 2015 @ 12:04:22

    What a spectacular location! The lighthouse looks so classic, just like we expect a lighthouse to look!

    Liked by 1 person


  4. The Silver Voice
    Jun 01, 2015 @ 12:38:30

    Lucky you! It is indeed an awful shame that public access is denied to such a beautiful part of Cork.

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Roy McCarthy
    Jun 02, 2015 @ 19:47:20

    Agree that it is scandalous that access is denied to the public. Beautiful part of the world and I’ve enjoyed a pint or two at the Speckled Door nearby 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


  6. lbeth1950
    Jun 25, 2015 @ 01:39:18

    This is beautiful!



  7. charleymckelvy
    Jun 25, 2015 @ 11:40:32


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  8. dray0308
    Aug 16, 2015 @ 18:04:03

    Reblogged this on Dream Big, Dream Often and commented:
    I love golf…I love history…and I love this post!

    Liked by 1 person


  9. msilvermando26
    Aug 17, 2015 @ 11:57:17

    Nice post. Thank you



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