When two friends joined UCD’s Archaeology Society, I decided to also going. Now I hadn’t ever taken an archaeology class, however I liked going on trips, and this club went on them!
I only ever ended up going on one trip to the Hook Peninsula, which is about a two hour drive from Dublin. It was well worth it — I may not have any background knowledge on archaeology, but no one needs classes on how to enjoy a great view.
Hook Tower (Lighthouse)
The Hook Tower is the oldest working lighthouse in Ireland and Great Britain and one of the oldest in the world. It was built as a ‘beacon for ships’ in the early 13th century, was constructed of local limestone, and the original building survives almost intact. The tower stands just under 36.3m high, and consists of 2 tiers linked by a mural stairway of 115 steps.
At the base of the lighthouse there was a replica of the lightbulb used (which is in actuality 3 times bigger). The real lightbulb is surrounded by mirrors, which magnifies the 1000 watt bulb to 2 million watts. The lighthouse requires three such bulbs!
Our next stop was at Slade Castle. The owner actually did something out of the ordinary at the time. He divided the space and rented it out. People lived in the castle until the 1920s! There were two families on the main floor, two on the second floor and one in the tower. The stairs were added at a later date, to give a family on the second floor a private entrance.
Harrylock Millstone Quarry