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A trip to Mizen Head, Ireland’s most south-westerly point is both interesting and beautiful. A major transatlantic shipping route passes just south of the Mizen Head Signal Station, making it the last sight of Europe for many seafaring voyagers. During Ireland’s Great Famine (1845-1852), many of the famine ships sailed past this point, offering its passengers their last view of Ireland. Construction on the signal station was finished in 1910 and it remained in operation until 1994. Not only did this station play a vital role in preventing shipwrecks, but also it played an extremely important part in early transatlantic communication (particularly in the pioneering work of Guglielmo Marconi).

The geology of Mizen Head is complex and as recently as a few hundred thousand years ago, the area resembled the modern-day Alps. The folding and bending of the rock layers is well defined and give one a sense of the sheer power of geologic forces.

The footbridge seen in this shot opened on St Patrick’s Day in 2011. The reinforced concrete through-arch structure spans 50m across a sea gorge to connect the island of Cloghán, at the tip of Mizen Head, with the mainland in South-west Cork.

In the WS uploads you can see a couple of other views of the location. Unfortunately the view looking across the bridge to the signal station was compromised by the angle and position of the sun but it gives some idea of the dramatic location.

Here is a larger version

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