It started out as a tower with a bonfire on top because hundreds of ships would wreck off the coast. So the monks, who lived in the tower, watched the fire.
I believe the monks started the fire in the 800's and the building was made in 1172. Making it the oldest operating Lighthouse in Ireland. It has, of course, since been upgraded from a bonfire to an automatic light.
Today, it stands on the rocks on the edge of Hook Head Peninsula in Co. Wexford at the southern edge of Ireland.
Below is a picture if the medieval roof and a replica of the light used at the top of the lighthouse. Each chamber in the lighthouse looked like this, which is exactly how it would have looked for the monks.
|Monk's Quarters and Chapel|
So, we climbed 115 uneven medieval stairs to get to the overlook balcony at the top of the lighthouse.
|Can you see the bus below?|
The wind stirred up the waves which were then crashing against the rocks.
It was quite a steep climb down
|This isn't a sign you see every day.|