Old Head of Kinsale

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Coordinates: 51°37.0′N 8°31.5′W / 51.6167°N 8.5250°W / 51.6167; -8.5250

Kinsale Lighthouse
Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse on headland near Kinsale, County Cork
Location County Cork, Ireland
Characteristic Fl (2) W 10s[1]
Lighthouse and golf course on the Old Head

The Old Head of Kinsale (in Irish, An Seancheann) is a headland near Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland. An early lighthouse was established here in the 17th century by Robert Reading. The area was the nearest land point (11 miles/18 km) from where the RMS Lusitania was sunk in 1915.

Today the Old Head of Kinsale is popular with golfers who come to play on its 18 Hole golf course that opened in 1997.

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The old head of Kinsale was formed by differential erosion. An outcrop of hard sandstone is lodged between two layers of shale. The shale is eroded by marine action at a faster rate than the sandstone. The sandstone anticlines were much more resistant to erosion than the slate filled synclines. Thus over time the headland was formed.[citation needed]


Since the golf course opened, access to the Old Head of Kinsale has been restricted to golfers and guests only, and there has been a long-running campaign for the restoration of public access organised by the Free the Old Head of Kinsale Campaign. This campaign has mainly taken the format of "People's Picnics", some of them involving "incursions" onto the headland and holding the picnics at the Old Head lighthouse.[2] [3]

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  1. ^ Commissioners of Irish Lights, Old Head of Kinsale, retrieved 22 September 2014 
  2. ^ [1], People's Picnic at the Old Head of Kinsale
  3. ^ [2], People Power At Old Head of Kinsale