Friday 21 September 2018

Shining light: lighthouse on awards shortlist

Proud: Ann Waters is general manager at Hook Lighthouse. Photo: Patrick Browne
Proud: Ann Waters is general manager at Hook Lighthouse. Photo: Patrick Browne

Sorcha O'Connor

In this day and age not many people can say their job title is a lighthouse manager, but for Ann Waters that is exactly how she spends her days.

The Wexford woman is backed by a large maintenance team at the 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse, which has been transformed into a top tourist destination by Ms Waters and her crew of 12 year-round workers and 20 students.

It's the oldest operational lighthouse in the world and under the watchful eye of Ann is one of three UK and Ireland tourism experiences nominated for the British Guild of Travel Writers world tourism awards 2018.

The guild is not the only group the tourism spot has proved popular with though, as men have been known to go down on bended knee and propose in the historical watch tower built by Lord of Leinster William Marshall.

"We regularly have proposals, we had one in the watch tower last year, where we put on nice food, and there was a 360-view of the Celtic Sea," said Ann.

"If they contact us in advance we are very good at being sneaky!"

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'World-class and unique' - Hook Lighthouse shortlisted for global tourism award

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