wicklow headThis lighthouse, built in 1871 was originally part of a pair. Their architect, John Trail, who had previously designed the Grand Canal in Dublin was given the task to construct 2 lighthouses at this location. This was to eliminate the confusion for mariners between Hook Head and Howth Head. They are located at the most easterly point in Ireland and this one stands 23m high. It was originally lit by lanterns containing tallow candles which was a rendered form of beef or mutton fat. By 1810 the lighthouses were falling into disrepair and another 2 new lighthouses had to be commissioned further down the cliff as mist and fog often obscured the original 2 (Irish or what!!) This one was hit by lightning in 1836 destroying all in inner floors and lantern. It was suggested at the time that the ‘roof be repaired immediately’ to halt any further damage, so this brick domed roof cap, that can be see in the photo, was put on in 1866 – only 30 years later. It is now used as the symbol for the Irish Landmark Trust and can be rented as self catering accommodation.