Guiding light Ann moves on from Hook
The job of running the county's busiest tourist attraction is about to be advertised as manager Ann Waters steps down from the role of Hook Lighthouse manager after 20 years.
Waters is moving on to establish her own Sustainable Tourism Development Consultancy having developed and managed the lighthouse, from its inception to an attraction which has around 220,000 visitors a year.
The Co Wexford woman has lived and breathed the tourism service industry since childhood. She said she has enjoyed working with national and international tourism agencies, local authorities and national trusts and development boards to grow and develop the Hook Lighthouse tourism offering to what it is today, however after dedicating a great deal of her career to the lighthouse she has decided to now work on sharing her expertise and insights with tourism industry stakeholders nationally and internationally.
Waters said: 'I have loved working on developing and growing the tourism offering at Hook Lighthouse, it hasn't been without its own challenges over the years but every single one of those has been worth it as we now see the oldest original working lighthouse in the world truly on the tourism map and receiving the well-deserved awards and recognition that it merits.'
Waters said it is with a tinge of sadness that she is moving on from the lighthouse 'as I am very proud of our achievements to date and it has been a pleasure to work with all of the team over the years. I am however also very excited about my new career in sustainable tourism development and I am looking forward to working with a variety of tourist attractions, businesses and stakeholders in order to assist with their growth.'
Waters concluded her 20-year shift at the lighthouse on Saturday. The board of Hook Heritage CLG said it is sorry to see her finish at the lighthouse.
They acknowledge her dedication and expertise in developing Hook Lighthouse into one of the leading tourism attraction in the county.