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Position:  5140.7' N 824.6' W
Location:  Charles Fort Summercove, Co Cork, Ireland
Official light established:  1804
Existing Lighthouse constructed:  Around 1898
Tower Composition:  Locally quarried stone & concrete
Height of Tower: 19 ft (5.79 m)
Designer:  Unknown
Focal Height of Light:  28 ft (8.5 m) above mean high water
First Lit:  March 1804
Light Characteristic: White Flash sequence
Visible Range on clear night: nominal 10 nautical miles
Automated: Unknown


During the middle of the 17th century Oliver Cromwell was sent to Ireland to quash an uprising of the Catholic order. This followed the execution of Charles I on the 30th January 1649. This expedition was a bloody affair with numerous situations where localised groups of Irish people still refused to give in the the English.

Charles Fort was one of several outlook post established by Oliver Cromwell to protect shipping entering Kinsale Harbour.

An unofficial light was exhibited from a window in the fort, when ships were due to enter the harbour.

In 1804 the Irish Parliament authorized the provision of a light and at this time it became known as the Kinsale Habour station.

Around 1898 the fort light was demolished and the present tower constructed.

Its name is now known as Charles Fort and is one of the smallest and lowest lighthouses in Ireland.


Charles Fort (CIL)
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