What’s on at the Hook

Annually Hook Lighthouse hosts a plethora of festival, special events and fun family days.

FEBRUARY

VALENTINE'S WEEKEND AT HOOK LIGHTHOUSE

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Sitting at the tip of breathtaking Hook Head in county Wexford the world’s oldest intact working lighthouse is offering couples the chance for seaside romance this Valentine’s Day with a tour for €10, a family tour ticket is also on offer for the same fee from Saturday, February 11th until Tuesday, February 14th.

Visitors are invited to climb the 115 steps of this fifth century tower where the monks of Hook Head in Co Wexford lit fires to warn ships off the rocks. With each step you ascend you will delve back in time and hear the fascinating tales of the Knights, the Monks and Light keepers who lived there along with the battles, shipwrecks and heroic seafaring they encountered before you step onto the tower balcony to view the miles of sea and coastline rolling out before you.

Hook Lighthouse is rich in history, character, natural beauty and romance. The tower was built by the 1st Earl of Pembroke William Marshal also known as the ‘greatest knight that ever lived’, he came to Ireland for land but also for love; he married the daughter of Earl Richard of Striguil otherwise known as ‘Stongbow’. His wife Isabel de Clare’s inherited wealth paired with William’s earned status made for a fortuitous pairing, they became very much the medieval ‘power couple’. From what can be gleaned from the history books, the marriage was successful at a personal level. They were to have ten children, five boys and five girls, and there is no hint of there ever being any estrangement between them.

Although close throughout their 30-year married life, Isabel and William remain separated in death. As befits his status and Templar affiliation, he is buried in the Temple Church in London, while she is buried in Tintern Abbey in Wales, close to her mother, Aoife (a Waterford woman and wife of Strongbow). But there is also an Irish connection for Isabel’s remains, a cenotaph discovered in the churchyard of St Mary’s in New Ross, Co. Wexford, carries the words Isabel Laegn (Isabel of Leinster). It is suggested that the cenotaph marks the burial place of Isabel’s heart, as her heart always remained in Ireland.

MARCH

ST. PARTICK'S DAY AT HOOK LIGHTHOUSE – Is your name Paddy?…Hook Lighthouse_St_Patrick
Celebrate all that is uniquely Irish at hook Lighthouse this St. Patrick’s Day … from a green theme in our café and our celebration of Paddy’s… yes, that’s right, if your name is Paddy you can enjoy access to a free Lighthouse tour on St. Patrick’s Day.

Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week at Hook Lighthouse, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East. To book a tour call 051 397055 and for further details see www.hookheritage.ie

 

MOTHER'S DAY – Sunday March 26th
We know how hard all you wonderful mums work day in and day out and to honour you we are delighted to welcome all mammies on Mother’s Day and offer you access to a free tour on the day.

Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week at Hook Lighthouse, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East. To book a tour call 051 397055 and for further details see www.hookheritage.ie

APRIL

EASTER SUNDAY, April 16th
Hook Lighthouse presents an array of family fun events this Easter Bank Holiday weekend with treasure hunts….arghhhh and of course lots of choclatey treats. Enjoy fun and games on the lawns and our resident Captain Hook might even pay us a visit!
EASTER MONDAY from 1pm.
Easter arts and craft sessions with our resident artist Rose will also be on offer.

Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week at Hook Lighthouse, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East. To book a tour call 051 397055 and for further details see www.hookheritage.ie

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MAY

Hook Lighthouse Pirates

SHINE A LIGHT FESTIVAL - May Bank Holiday (April 29th to May 1st)
The Hook Lighthouse Shine a Light Festival celebrates all things nautical.

On the grounds of Hook Lighthouse the festival showcases the work of the rescue services, with fun family activities, local crafts, live music, children’s workshops and great food.
An action packed day of festivities will get underway on Saturday April 29th from 11am join in the fun and games for all the family with Captain Hook.

Over the weekend learn about safety at sea from members of the Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI.

Explore the craft market onsite or join in lawn games and fun adventures with Pirate Pat and Captain Hook or for the ‘bigger adventurous kids’ can try out the Bungee Trampoline.

The festival takes place in conjunction with the Great Lighthouses of Ireland, ‘Shine a Light’ events.’ At the Shine A Light events 12 lighthouses including Hook Lighthouse will shine a light and celebrate and share the rich tradition and work that they of carry out across Ireland over the May bank holiday weekend.

Further details on Maritime Matters will be announced on our FACEBOOK page

The annual ‘Hike to the Hook’ event organised by Hook Tourism will also take place in the region.

Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week at Hook Lighthouse, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East. To book a tour call 051 397055 and for further details see www.hookheritage.ie

June

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HOOKED ON THE SEA FESTIVAL -  June Bank Holiday Fun
During the June Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday June 3rd to Monday, June 5th the BBQ will be fired up at Hook Lighthouse, games on the lawns and music will be in full swing and there are reports of Pirates on the horizon…. Special events at Hook Lighthouse are planned for the ‘Hooked on the Sea Festival 2017’.

Hooked on the Sea 2017 will be running across the Peninsula, a host of marine themed events for all ages across the June Bank Holiday Weekend. Activities on and off the water; paddle boarding, boat trips on the estuary, local produce picnic in Colclough Walled Gardens, pirates galley in Kilmokea Gardens, beach foraging, sea themed children’s workshops and outdoor market.

Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week at Hook Lighthouse, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East. To book a tour call 051 397055 and for further details see www.hookheritage.ie

 

July

PIRATE DAY - Sunday, July 2nd

Hook Lighthouse Pirate Day

  • Them scurvy ridden pirates are have set sail for Hook Lighthouse and have vowed to reach us and take any roamers captive by Hook or by Crook this July.
  • Captain Hook says they be sayin' it be best if you ‘save yourself’ and dress like a pirate for the day in order to avoid capture and maybe win a prize in a Fancy Dress Competition.
  • The pesky Pirates will be given free reign of the Lighthouse for just one day and are planning nautical games on the lawn for their ship mates… do you dare walk the plank…

Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week at Hook Lighthouse, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East. To book a tour call 051 397055 and for further details see www.hookheritage.ie

 CONCERT WITH KIERAN GOSS - Sat July 1st

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On Saturday evening July 1st internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Kieran Goss who will also be joined by special guest Annie Kinsella will host an evening concert in the Lighthouse Tower. This special event is expected to see out in record time so be sure to book your tickets in advance with Hook Lighthouse.

Tickets: +353 51 397 055, €30 in advance
For further details see www.hookheritage.ie

Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week at Hook Lighthouse, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East. To book a tour call 051 397055 and for further details see www.hookheritage.ie

HOOK STRONGMAN COMPETITION - Sunday 9th JulyHook Lighthouse - Strongman

Hook Lighthouse hosts a festival with a difference, as some of Ireland’s leading ‘Strongman’ competitors descend on the 800-year-old tower. Over 15 competitors from all around the country will be battling it out for the title of ‘Hook Strongman 2017’.

Entrants include the Republic’s previous strongest man, Italy’s strongest man and world-class power lifters. Alongside the serious display of strength, Hook Lighthouse is planning lots of seaside and piratey fun with events for all the family.

Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week at Hook Lighthouse, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East. To book a tour call 051 397055 and for further details see www.hookheritage.ie

August

AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY FUN

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During the August Bank Holiday weekend the BBQ will be fired up at Hook Lighthouse, games on the lawns and music will be in full swing and there are reports of Pirates on the horizon…

Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week at Hook Lighthouse, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East. To book a tour call 051 397055 and for further details see www.hookheritage.ie

HERITAGE WEEK EVENTS – Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th August

A variety of events will take place as part of the many happenings at Hook Lighthouse for National Heritage Week, which takes place from August 19th to 27th 2017.

Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week at Hook Lighthouse, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East. To book a tour call 051 397055 and for further details see www.hookheritage.ie

FAMILY FUN SUNDAY - August 20th

Fun is to the fore… the BBQ will be fired up at Hook Lighthouse, games on the lawns and music will be in full swing and there are reports of Pirates on the horizon.

Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week at Hook Lighthouse, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East. To book a tour call 051 397055 and for further details see www.hookheritage.ie

MARIA DOYLE KENNEDY IN CONCERT - August 25th & 26th

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Maria Doyle Kennedy one of Ireland’s most gifted and versatile female artists will host two very special evening concerts at the world’s oldest intact operational lighthouse – Hook Lighthouse on August 25th and 26th.

Maria Doyle Kennedy has forged a name and held her own in diverse arenas from film and TV to her career as a singer-songwriter. She has spent the best part of 20 years performing live all over the world to audiences ranging from the many thousands who have enjoyed her show at festivals including Glastonbury, Oxegen, Cambridge Folk Festival to the more intimate theatre concerts. She has hosted sell out shows at Hook Lighthouse in the past and returns later this month to host two more magical performances in the 800 year old Lighthouse Tower. A limited number of tickets to this fully seated event are on sale at €30.

Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week at Hook Lighthouse, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East. To book a tour call 051 397055 and for further details see www.hookheritage.ie

IRISH WHALE AND DOLPHIN DAY - August 26th

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On Saturday August 26th the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group will host an information day at the Lighthouse, the group will tell visitors how best to spot the Minke and Humpback Whales which are frequently seen off the Peninsula, along with details on Dolphins,Porpoises, Seals and other sealife.

Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week at Hook Lighthouse, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East. To book a tour call 051 397055 and for further details see www.hookheritage.ie

PIRATE DAY - August 27th

Hook Lighthouse Pirate Day

And to taking the Summer season to a close for the pesky Pirates on the Peninsula, they will be given free reign of the Lighthouse for just one day. Don’t miss the calamity on Sunday, August 27th as the Captain Hook and his cronies host their final Pirate Fling, all of their usual antics and mischief will be par for the course plus they have taken the Lighthouse Manager to ransom and demanded that ‘kids go free on tours all day’ on August 27th.

Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week at Hook Lighthouse, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East. To book a tour call 051 397055 and for further details see www.hookheritage.ie

September

HARVEST MOON CELEBRATION – Full Moon – Wednesday, September 6th

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The tip of the Hook Peninsula is the ideal spot for watching the slideshow of nature in the skies. During sunrise, sunset, moon-rises and on starry nights the Hook Peninsula offers incredible vistas. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone for our second annual Harvest Moon Celebration.

From 6pm the Lighthouse Visitor Centre will open especially late, come along and find a spot to watch nature at its best during the autumn equinox, enjoy some treats from the Hook Lighthouse Barbeque and some Hook Pilsner and sample the brand new Hook beers and a harvest brew from Arthurstown Brewing Company which have all been brewed from the harvesting of locally grown malted barley & enjoy some chill out music.

For those wishing to climb the tower with a limited number of €10 tickets will be available for the Moonlight visit to the Lighthouse tower, these can be booked in advance by calling 051 397055.

Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week at Hook Lighthouse, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East. To book a tour call 051 397055 and for further details see www.hookheritage.ie

October

HALLOWEEN AT HOOK – October 28th, 29th and 30th

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Enjoy evenings of thrilling tours; Hook Lighthouse is worth visiting at any time, but these special Halloween tours are only for those who like the ghoulish and the terrifying.

Venture into darkness as you ascend the 115 steps of Lighthouse tower for a nighttime view of the graveyard of 1,000 ships, explore the original keepers’ quarters and learn of the true terrifying tales behind the Lighthouse and its grounds including the paranormal experiences of previous guests and staff. Atmospheric lighting, hanging spiders and creepy nooks and crannies along the way create an experience which is not for the feint-hearted.

The faint light thrown periodically by the lighthouse beacon adds to the atmosphere of terror, these tours are suitable for brave adults and braver kids but are not for anyone of a nervous disposition.

Hook Lighthouse - Halloween

Halloween tours at Hook Lighthouse must be booked in advance; The lighthouse visitor centre is open every day year round; to book your tour place for Halloween call 051 397055.

November

WHALE WATCHING SEASON begins at Hook Lighthouse

Hook Lighthouse - Humpback Whales
November sees the beginning of Whale watching season off the Hook Peninsula. The waters around Hook Peninsula are frequently visited by majestic whales, such as Humpback, Fin and Minke, along with Harbour Porpoise, Common Dolphins and Seals. The Humpback has become particularly associated with the Hook Peninsula.

This is one of the largest animals on the planet and is best seen during the winter months when they visit our warm waters to feed. They don’t have true teeth but large filter type ribbons (Baleen plates) lining their huge jaws. When feeding, they open their jaws wide while swimming through shoals of small fish and plankton (tiny marine animals). The jaws then close again, while the tongue which is the size of a car, pushes the water out, trapping the food against the filter plates.

The red balcony at the top of Hook Lighthouse is an ideal viewing point for whale, seal and dolphin watching, while there are also chartered whale and dolphin watching boat trips.

Hook Lighthouse - Fin Whale

Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week at Hook Lighthouse, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East. To book a tour call 051 397055 and for further details see www.hookheritage.ie

December

NEW YEAR ARROW CEREMONY

Hook Lighthouse Arrow Ceremony

An age-old tradition is revived on New Years Day at Hook Lighthouse at noon. The Dunbrody Archers will assist the Mayor of New Ross in an ‘arrow ceremony’. They will cast an arrow into the sea symbolizing the Ports authority over the estuary.

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.

Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week at Hook Lighthouse, sharing with visitors one of the greatest stories on Ireland’s Ancient East. To book a tour call 051 397055 and for further details see www.hookheritage.ie