"Keep out, keep out, good ships from me, for I am the rock of misery."
The Metal Man is said to chant this on stormy nights. But of course, this is but a legend. "The Metal Man" was built in 1823 and is still standing strong today. The first owners were "Lloyds of London" an insurance company, who held it for over a hundred years and then when the wars raged in Europe, the Irish Lights in Dublin took over ownership. The "Metal Man" was erected after the dreadful tragedy of the Seahorse which with over 360 people on board went down in Tramore Bay. This tragedy happened in 1816.
It was erected in 1823 by Lloyd's of London to warn seafarers away from dangerous shallow waters. Two more pillars sit on the headland opposite, Brownstown Head. There are many myths and legends surrounding the Metal Man. One such myth is that if a woman could hop barefoot around the base of the Metal Man three times she would be married within the year.
The Metal Man's identical twin can be seen on Perch Rock, Rosses Point, Sligo since 1821.