Arrows at the ready for New Year’s Day at Hook Lighthouse 16/12/16 : the chronicle.ie

Arrows at the ready for New Year’s Day at Hook Lighthouse 16/12/16

| December 16, 2016
Hook Lighthouse,Co.Wexford

Hook Lighthouse,Co.Wexford

An age-old tradition will be revived on New Year’s Day at the 800 year old Hook Lighthouse in county Wexford as the Dunbrody Archers and the Chairman of  New Ross Council Cllr Michael Whelan will participate in an ‘Arrow Ceremony’.

The age-old tradition dates back to 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. On New Year;s Day 2017 The Dunbrody Archers will assist the Mayor of New Ross in an ‘arrow ceremony’. The Mayor will cast an arrow into the sea symbolizing the Ports authority over the estuary.

The spectacle will take place at 3.30pm at the Lighthosue and members of the public are invited to come and watch history revived.

Commenting on the up coming event, Ann Waters Manager at Hook Lighthouse said, “We are delighted to host the ‘Taking of the Waters’ ceremony here at Hook Lighthouse, it’s an age old tradition and a wonderful opportunity for an ancient element of history to be relived here in Ireland’s Ancient East.”

Hook Lighthouse Visitor Centre and Café re-opens from St. Stephen’s Day at 11am and will remain open right throughout the holidays.

For futher details see facebook.com/hooklighthouse

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