6 Jun 2017

Open Day, Roches Point Lighthouse, 4 June 2017

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Well done to the Cork harbour Alliance and the organisation behind opening Roches Point lighthouse for one day for public tours to celebrate its bicentenary.

Historical Note from Kieran McCarthy & Dan Breen, Cork Harbour Through Time:

Around 1640-1650 AD, the Roche family purchased the Fitzgerald estate (approx 1500 acres) from Edmund Fitzgerald of Ballymaloe and lived for many centuries at Trabolgan. Roches Point at the mouth of Cork Harbour is named after this family. A letter dated 28th August 1813 from Vice Admiral Thornborough of Trent, Cork Harbour, was read to the Ballast Board on 2 September 1813. In this letter he pointed out the danger of which vessels were put in frequenting Cork Harbour for want of a light house at the entrance to the harbour. This small lighthouse was working by June 1817 but its tower was not conducive to a major harbour of refuge and port, in 1835 it was replaced by the present larger tower.

Open Day, Roches Point Lighthouse, 4 June 2017

 

Open Day, Roches Point Lighthouse, 4 June 2017

Open Day, Roches Point Lighthouse, 4 June 2017

 

Open Day, Roches Point Lighthouse, 4 June 2017

Open Day, Roches Point Lighthouse, 4 June 2017

Open Day, Roches Point Lighthouse, 4 June 2017

 

 

 

 

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