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Mizen Head Sundial

With special thanks to Terry Cunningham for both these photos

Sundial at Mizen Head Lighthouse

On the 28 April 1906 the Board of Trade gave sanction for the erection of a lighthouse and fog signal at Mizen Head, Ireland's most south-westerly point.
The slate sundial plate has weathered and no trace of the hour/minute lines remain, just the Roman numeral hour markers are to be seen. It has a massive brass gnomon and the dial sits on a pillar outside the security fencing which is there to keep the visitors away from the dangerous cliff top.

The lighthouse is built on a rocky promotory overlooking the sea perched on the edge of a steep cliff. To reach the visitor centre (built in 1995) you must cross a chasm using a famous arched footbridge.
Once a manual lighthouse it is now fully automated and is open to the public as a museum.

Click here to visit the Lighthouse website

Lat 51° 27' North   Long 9° 49' West

Irish Grid   V  073534   023490

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