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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Hook Lighthouse is the 'flashiest' in the world

LONELY PLANET TRAVEL GUIDES SAY THAT:

CONOR CULLEN

THE LIGHTHOUSE at Hook Head has been deemed the 'flashiest' in the world by the popular Lonely Plant travel guide.

The historic lighthouse on The Hook peninsula topped a list of the ' Top 10 flashiest Lighthouses' complied by Lonely Plant beating off lighthouses from France to Australia and Finland to Bermuda.

The Lonely Planet list deemed The Hook lighthouse to be ' the great granddaddy of lighthouses'.

'Hook Head is arguably the oldest working light in the world. The site had humble beginnings, reportedly as far back as the fifth century, with monks lighting a beacon there,' it states.

' The structure as it stands today has existed for 800 years. It's an automated light, squat and a little... plump (they say horizontal stripes emphasise a thick waist, so it might just be an illusion). Access to the light is by tour, organised through the visitor centre.'

Everyone down at the visitor centre in Hook Head was delighted with their chart-topping exploits.

'We're delighted, but we're a little bit disappointed to be on the plump side though,' joked its manager, Ann Waters.

' The staff at Hook lighthouse have always known we're number one, but now the rest of the world does too,' said Ann, who paid tribute to the dedicated staff there for continuing to help make it one of County Wexford's top attractions.

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