The Metal Man (Irish: An Fear Miotail)[1] is a beacon off the coast of the Rosses Point Peninsula in County Sligo, Ireland.

Metal Man
Metal Man beacon
LocationCounty Sligo, Ireland
Coordinates54°18′13″N 8°34′32″W / 54.30361°N 8.57556°W / 54.30361; -8.57556
Constructed1819 (1819)
ConstructionCast-iron, metal-plate
First lit1821
Focal height3 m (9.8 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Range7 nmi (13 km; 8.1 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
CharacteristicFl(3) W 6.1s Edit this on Wikidata
The Metal Man viewed from the shore

There are other similar Metal Men beacons in Tramore, County Waterford and Dalky (Nerrano Man ), County Dublin.

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The Metal Man is a freestanding painted cast iron statue of a Royal Navy petty officer of the Age of Sail. It is placed between Rosses Point and Oyster Island. It was cast in 1819 by Thomas Kirke in London.[2]

It was placed on Perch Rock in 1821. It was originally made for the Blackrock Beacon, but Sligo merchants suggested it be placed on Perch Rock.[citation needed] It has an identical twin beacon in Tramore, County Waterford. From 16 October 1908, an acetylene light was placed beside the beacon. In 1934, it was changed from a single red flash every 3 seconds to a double red flash every 5 seconds. From 2003, it was converted from gas to solar power, and is only illuminated at night.[3][4]

The Metal Man was depicted in paintings several times by Jack Butler Yeats, including in Memory Harbour.[5][6]

There is a campaign undertaken[when?] by a local group which has been highlighting the deteriorating condition of the beacon called Save the Metal Man.[5][4]

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References edit

  1. ^ "Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2020 by Sligo County Council - Issuu". 14 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Metal Man Beacon, SLIGO BAY, Rosses Point, County Sligo". National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Metal Man (Co Sligo)". Commissioners of Irish Lights. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  4. ^ a b Galvin, Ciara (25 May 2019). "We will paint Metal Man ourselves". Sligo Champion. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  5. ^ a b McDonagh, Marese (5 August 2019). "Metal Man in danger of toppling into sea, say campaigners". The Irish Times. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  6. ^ Kennedy, Roisin. "The Metal Man". The Model, Sligo. Retrieved 10 July 2020.