Monday, April 29, 2013
The Old Head of Kinsale was one of the six original lighthouses patented to Sir Robert Reading in 1665 (the others were at Hook Head, Barry Oge's Castle, Howth land, Howth sandbar and Islandmagee) The light consisted of a a coal brazier located on the roof of a cottage. The cottage can be seen on the right of the pictures. The brazier was replaced by an oil light in 1804 and then a 42 foot stone tower supplanted it in 1814. However when the modern lighthouse was erected in 1853, the stone tower was lopped to avoid confusion, leaving only the stump (on the left hand side of the picture)
here The original lighthouse at this site was dismantled stone by stone and rebuilt at Duncannon. The present lighthouse dates from 1835.