Ring in the New Year at Hook Lighthouse, Co Wexford

Looking for something unforgettable this New Year’s Day? Hook lighthouse, the oldest working lighthouse in the world, has two pretty unique celebrations to ring in the new year that will interest you.

new years day hook lighthouse

Hook Lighthouse, Co. Wexford The oldest working lighthouse in the world

First up they will be hosting its first ever Sunrise Tour Experience on New Years Day 2018. Visitors will be welcomed with bucks fizz and taken on a bespoke guided tour experience. They will be guided through the medieval tower and over 800 years history will be brought to life. From the top floor visitors will get a 360 degree sweeping panorama on the outdoor balcony and take in the views stretching across the Southeast of Ireland. From this magnificent vista visitors will watch the sunrise and savour bucks fizz, prosecco, fresh tea, and coffee along with a selection of breakfast canapés made from the finest local produce, including Ballyhack smokehouse smoked salmon on homemade brown bread. Not a bad way to start the new year!

Booking is required and tickets are €45 per person. To book or find out more information call 00353 (0)51 397055 or visit www.hookheritage.ie

new years day hook lighthouse

The Arrow Ceremony

New Year celebrations will continue later in the day with the revival of an age old tradition. With the help of Dunbrody Archers the ‘arrow ceremony’ will take place at Hook lighthouse Sunday afternoon at 3.00pm. The ceremony has roots dating all the way back to 1687.

The tradition started back in 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. Dunbrody Archers will be joined with the Mayor who will cast an arrow into the sea symbolizing the Ports authority over the estuary.

The ceremony will start at 3.00pm Sunday and members of the public are invited to watch this historic event being revived.

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