The Mizen Head (Irish: Carn Uí Néid), the most southerly point of the irish mainland, has been the location for countless dramatic episodes in Irish maritime history. Numerous shipwrecks in the area led to the construction of the magnificent Fastnet Rock Lighthouse (replacing a lighthouse built in 1854 that could not withstand the power of the ocean).
Perched on a rock 6.5 kilometres southwest of Cape Clear Island, County Cork, it took eight years to build, and first displayed its light in 1904. The iconic granite tower rises to 54 metres, and is the tallest lighthouse on the irish coast. The world-famous annual Fastnet Yacht Race goes round the rock before the sailors head back to the isle of Wight 550 kilometres away.
Overlooking the Fastnet Lighthouse, the Mizen