The stone wall was built starting in 1740 to prevent the sands from the beaches on the south side of the bay from filling up the busy shipping channel into the Port of Dublin.
In 1768, the lighthouse was added. It was originally operated by candlepower but switched to oil-powered lighting in 1786.
The lighthouse is a popular spot with fishermen and energetic locals in search of a bracing walk: the wind whipping in off the Irish Sea puts up a stiff resistance to walk against.
The wall and lighthouse have also starred in several music videos, all of which seem to feature broken-hearted young men setting off on the forlorn walk along the wall in the direction of the lighthouse.
As if to pay homage to the late Lynott, The Script’s lead singer, Danny O’Donoghue, embarked on the same desolate walk in the video to “Breakeven”.
There is something about this spot, about the length of the walk, about the location of the lighthouse out in the middle of the bay, surrounded only by sea and sky, about the often harsh weather conditions, that seems to make this place the very epitome of loneliness.
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