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Fastnet Rock, or simply Fastnet is a small islet in the Atlantic Ocean and the most southerly point of Ireland. It lies 6.5 kilometres southwest of Cape Clear Island and 13 kilometres from County Cork on the Irish mainland. Fastnet is known as "Ireland's Teardrop", because it was the last part of Ireland that 19th century Irish emigrants saw as they sailed to North America.
Fastnet Rock is a small clay-slate islet with quartz veins. It rises to about 30 metres above low water mark and is separated from the much smaller southern Little Fastnet by a 10 metres wide channel. Fastnet also gives its name to the sea area used by the Shipping Forecasts on BBC's Radio 4. The current lighthouse is the second to be built on the rock and is the highest in Ireland.
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