Sunday 21 July 2019

Hook lighthouse arrow ceremony hits the target

Age old tradition claiming Waterford estuary for County Wexford gets re-enacted on beautiful start to 2019 in the peninsula

Amy Kehoe with her dad Edward
Amy Kehoe with her dad Edward
Dunbrody archers Eoin Doyle, Johawn Shawn and Martins Arbidan
Archers Helen Kavanagh and Amy Kehoe
Archers ready to fire into the sea at the Hook Lightthouse

David Looby

On a beautiful New Year's Day at 1 p.m., an age-old tradition was brought to life at Hook Head when the Dunbrody Archers and the cathaoirleach of New Ross Municipal District council took part in a traditional arrow firing ceremony.

Having been led from the lighthouse by members of New Ross & District Pipe Band, the archers and Cllr John Fleming took their position on the headland from where they shot arrows into the sea.

This ancient tradition dates back to 1687 when the Mayor and the corporation of New Ross Town Council claimed their authority over the Tower and waters by travelling to the point of the Hook and shooting an arrow into the sea from Hook Head Lighthouse.

The act symbolised the county's authority over the estuary.

Hook Lighthouse Manager Ann Waters said: 'This is always an incredible occasion to witness and we were delighted to continue the ancient tradition, right here on the cornerstone of Ireland's Ancient East.'

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