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Leading lighthouse has tourists Hooked


Hook manager Ann Waters

Hook manager Ann Waters

Hook manager Ann Waters

Hook lighthouse has been named as one of the top tourist attractions in both Ireland and the UK.

The Hook Head site, which is the world's oldest functioning lighthouse, has been nominated in the British Guild of Travel Writers world tourism awards 2018.

Ann Waters, from Wexford, is the manager of the lighthouse, backed by a team of 12 workers and 20 students.

It has stood for 800 years and became an automatic tower in 1996, with local man Tux Tweedy the last lighthouse keeper to flip the switch.


Fifth century monks lit beacons on the spot where William Marshall, Lord of Leinster, eventually built the impressive lighthouse at Hook peninsula.

Since the development of Ireland's Ancient East, the history of the watchtower can be enjoyed by tourists who can now learn all about past keepers.

For the romantics, popping the question to your loved one has happened there too.

The Hook Lighthouse premium experience, which is €45 per person, is scheduled for sunrise and sunset, and over the years the attraction has seen men go down on bended knee at the top of the watchtower.

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

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

The premium experience is bookable for groups of 12 to 24 people, with warm mead and local smoked salmon on the menu.

The Travel Writers Guild nomination, according to Ann, is "huge for Hook".

"We think we are ready for the international market," she added.

The lighthouse will host its third annual Harvest Moon celebration on Saturday, September 22, when visitors can watch the sunset and the harvest moon rise.