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Archers Set for Hook Lighthouse Arrow Ceremony on New Year’s Day 2018

| January 5, 2018

An age-old tradition will take place on New Year’s Day at the 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse as the archers, both expert and amateur, will take part in a traditional “arrow ceremony”.

The Dunbrody Archers  will join Cllr Willie Fitzharris is An Cathaoirleach of the Municipal Districtof New Ross Council to participate in the 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 2018 The Dunbrody Archers will assist the Mayor of New Ross in an ‘arrow ceremony’. The Mayor will cast an arrow into the sea symbolising the Ports authority over the estuary.

Members of the public are invited to come and watch the free historical event at 3 pm on New Year’s Day 2017.

Also taking place on New Year’s Day at Hook Lighthouse is ‘Daisy Day’ age-old tradition, as Hook Lighthouse records show the old New Year custom in the form of ‘Penny for a Daisy’ which was carried out by the children on New Year’s Day and large numbers of children collected the first flower of 1943 and received pennies for them. According to Hook Lighthouse, “The child who found the first daisy would win the hunt but lots of children would receive pennies from the families in the area.” This New Year’s day will see the hunt take place and children receiving a chocolate penny for their efforts. Free afternoon entertainment will also be on offer with Captain Hook along with art workshops with resident artist Rose.

Hook is renowned as the oldest intact working lighthouse in the world, from the 5th century monks lit fires to keep the ships at sea safe. The Hook Lighthouse tour incorporates 115 steps to the top of the lighthouse tower featuring holograms illustrating the ancient history of the tower and the Hook area and spectacular views of the southern coast.

 Pictured last year at the 800 year old Hook Lighthouse in county Wexford are the Dunbrody Archers and the Mayor of New Ross as they perform an Arrow Ceremony’ and age-old tradition dating back to 1687. Pictured is Joszef Sztana from Hungary. Picture: Patrick Browne

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