HOOK HEAD & LIGHTHOUSE
As we traveled along Hook Peninsula toward Hook Head we passed Loftus Hall. Loftus Hall is a large mansion built on the site of the original Redmond Hall, it is said by locals to be haunted by the devil and the ghost of a young woman.
The Legend of Loftus Hall: an Irish ghost story
At the end of Hook Peninsula is Hook Head & Hook Lighthouse. Hook Head is the headland on the east side of the estuary of the three sisters rivers.
Hook Head is said to have found its way into common English usage in the saying “By Hook or by Crook.” It is claimed that the phrase is derived from a vow to take Waterford by Hook (on the Wexford side of Waterford Estuary) or by Crook (a village on the Waterford side) made by Oliver Cromwell.
Hook Lighthouse is one of the oldest operating lighthouses still operating. The current tower’s rich history dates back to the 12th century; beacon operation in the area dates back as far as the 5th century.
Part of Ireland’s Ancient East, Hook Lighthouse is situated in the South West corner of County Wexford bordering County Waterford. It has marked the entrance to Waterford Harbour at the mouth of the three sisters river system for over 800 years.
The Visitor centre offers guided tours of this wonderful Medieval lighthouse tower, built by William Marshal, the Earl of Pembroke. Known as the Greatest Knight and the most famous Knight of his time, Marshal built the tower as part of the development of his Lordship of Leinster, to protect and develop the important shipping trade in the 13th Century.
Purpose built as a lighthouse 800 years ago, and still fully operational today, it truly is one of a kind!
Hook Lighthouse: The Second Oldest in the World ~Urban Ghosts
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