Storm Dennis winds make lighthouse ‘sway’ in footage baffling the internet

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Fastnet Lighthouse was hit by the waves while Storm Dennis swept across the country


A lighthouse at the southerly point of Ireland has apparently started swaying in the ferocious winds as Storm Dennis wreaked havoc over the weekend.

Mary Cadogan, who lives on Cape Clear Island in Cork, Ireland, filmed on Sunday the moment high waves hit Fastnet Lighthouse from all sides and seemed to rock the 177ft tower back and forth.

The clip, which has been viewed over 6,700 times, left viewers stunned as they found it surreal and unbelievable.

Most of them asked Mary if the lighthouse was shaking when she filmed and one said: “Is that the lighthouse shaking? Imagine being inside.”

Fastnet Lighthouse was hit by the waves while Storm Dennis swept across the country

Another one wrote: “Is that you, the camera or Fastnet wobbling????”

A third posted a screenshot of the wind speed of the area, writing: “Today…….83knots=154kph.”

She told CorkBeo that the effect may have been caused by the lens shuddering slightly in the wind, as the camera was facing the wind at the time of the shooting.

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It could also be down in part to a high zoom being used to capture the footage, according to The Irish Mirror.

The lighthouse was constructed at the turn of the last century, becoming operational in 1904 after a cost of almost £90,000.

This building replaced an older lighthouse on the same site, and is in fact the third lighthouse to be constructed in the area, with the original Fastnet lighthouse replacing an earlier lighthouse on Cape Clear Island.

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When engineer William Douglass designed the lighthouse, he and his father invented a dovetail masonry technique, which is now widely recognised as being best practice for the construction of lighthouses in particularly dangerous areas.

While most modern skyscrapers can now move several feet in either direction without structural damage, the lighthouse seemed to have a similar flexibility and appeared unharmed throughout the storm.





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