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Friday 20 April 2018

Fun filled Hook festival

Hook Lighthouse to host Shine a Light bank holiday festival

Ryan Lynch (7), Molly Lynch (9) and Ava Lynch (6) at Hook Lighthouse
Ryan Lynch (7), Molly Lynch (9) and Ava Lynch (6) at Hook Lighthouse

David Looby

A fun-filled festival set to shine a light on all things maritime will get under way at the world's oldest working lighthouse on the Hook Peninsula this May bank holiday weekend.

The weekend's festivities begin on Saturday, April 29, starting at 11 a.m. when children can enrol in the new Pirate School headed up by none other than Captain Hook.

Also taking place over the weekend will be an opportunity to learn first hand about safety at sea from members of the Irish Coast Guard. Visitors will have the chance to step back in time with the re-enactors from Claoimh who will demonstrate life and battles from the medieval past.

There will be lawn games and fun adventures with Pirate Pat and Captain Hook or for the 'bigger adventurous kids' can try out the Bungee Trampoline. A craft market featuring pieces from crafters based all across the south east region will also be hosted over the weekend. The festival will also focus on the heritage and past of Hook Lighthouse, shining a light on life as it was at the lighthouse centuries ago.

Commenting on the upcoming festival weekend, Manager at Hook Lighthouse Ann Waters said: 'We are delighted to host another Shine A Light Festival. It is always a fantastic weekend of fun for all the family with the added benefit of placing an important focus on safety at sea and reminding us of the great work our emergency service teams carry out alongside the beacon of safety that is Hook Lighthouse. The are also opportunities to explore the watchroom and tower, and to learn about technology and navigation at our lighthouse in times gone by and today.'

The guided tour at the ancient lighthouse highlights its fascinating history and heritage with first hand stories of life as a lightkeeper shared via recordings of these tales from former lighthouse keeepers and their wives.

The Shine A Light festival takes place in conjunction with the Great Lighthouses of Ireland.

Also taking place on the Hook Peninsula over the weeknd is the annual 'Hike to the Hook' event organised by Hook Tourism, when walkers will take on a 20km walk along one of Ireland's most scenic routes from Tintern Abbey to Hook Lighthouse, as well as shorter walking options.

Tours are on offer at Hook Lighthouse daily. For all of the festival details in Wexford see www.hookheritage.ie and for details on the Great Lighthouses of Ireland see www.greatlighthouses.com.

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