Hook Lighthouse has been ranked among the top tourist attractions in Ireland and the UK, boosting its profile on the international stage.
The tourist attraction on the Hook Peninsula - which attracts around a quarter of a million visitors annually to the area - has been short-listed for the prestigious British Guild of Travel Writers world tourism awards 2018. A Republic of Ireland project has not been a finalist for these awards for many years.
Hook Lighthouse Manager Ann Waters spoke of what the nomination means to the area on the Ray D'Arcy Show. She said: 'It is a huge honour for us to be short-listed as one of three for the best tourist attraction in the UK and Ireland 2018. The British Guild of Travel Writers awards are nominated and voted on by the industry's best travel writers, therefore, the profile of benefit to us of reaching this stage alone in the awards is incredible. All of the team at Hook Lighthouse are thrilled and honoured.'
She said the entire team works very hard to ensure each and every visitor enjoys their experience at Hook Lighthouse, adding that this shortlisting is a testament to that hard work.
The next stage of the awards process is a private Guild member voting opportunity to choose each winner in the three categories - UK and Ireland; Europe and Wider World. The winners will be announced at the very high profile awards ceremony, which is always held on the eve of the annual tourism event in London 'World Travel Market' on November 4. Travel journalist Isabel Conway said Hook Lighthouse is truly deserving of being a finalist, describing it as world-class.