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Thursday 17 April 2014

Arrow ends 800 year old tradition

AN 800 year old tradition came to an end at Hook Head on New Year's Day as Cathaoirleach of New Ross Town Council Niamh FitzGibbon stood on the edge of the peninsula to let fly an arrow to claim sovereignty over the estuary for New Ross

The arrow ceremony has its origin over 800 years ago and involves the presiding chairman or Sovereign of New Ross shooting an arrow into the estuary symbolically claiming sovereignty over the estuary for New Ross at the expense of Waterford.

The ancient ceremony was revived by Cllr Ingrid O'Brien in 2006 and has been performed ever since. Sadly this is the final time that the ceremony can be performed as New Ross Town Council will be abolished next June.

Facing into a fine gale, Cllr FitzGibbon, who changed allegiances from the Green party to Fine Gael just prior to Christmas, shot the arrow while Brian MacMahon of New Ross & District Pipe Band played the bagpipes.

Following this members of The Dunbrody Archers fired a volley of arrows into the estuary, watched on by a small crowd gathered for the event.

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