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Hook Lighthouse The Oldest Operational Lighthouse in the World
No.1 Flashiest Lighthouse in the World as listed by the Lonely Planet Guide
In the fifth century a monk named Dubhan established a monastery on the Hook peninsula. According to tradition, the monks from Dubhan's monastery erected the first fire beacon to warn seafarers of the dangerous rocks that lay ahead. The present tower was built by Strongbow's son-in-law William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke, who succeeded Strongbow to also become Lord of Leinster. Marshall had established a port in the town of New Ross, approx. 30 km up river. To aid the success of his new port and to guarantee the safety of incoming ships, Marshall had a 36m tower built at the mouth of Waterford Harbour. Hook Lighthouse is one of the most fascinating examples of medieval architecture in Ireland. It stands four stories high with walls up to 4m thick. The tower itself consists of three rib-vaulted chambers in the lower tier while the upper narrower section would have carried the warning beacon. These two tiers are connected with a mural (within the wall) stairway of 115 steps.
The brand new Ireland's Ancient East tour experience at Hook Lighthouse, designed and built by Mirador Media, consists of 3 floors of interactive stories that complement the guided tour. On the first floor the tour guide interacts with a holographic projection of St. Dubhan as he tells the story of the early beacon maintained by his monks in the fifth century. On the second floor visitors are transported to medieval times where a projection of William Marshal interacts with the tour guide and visitors explaining how and why the present tower was built. On the third floor visitors meet face to face with the last keepers of the lighthouse before it became automated. This takes the shape of video interviews and fibreglass figures which interpret some of the daily chores at the lighthouse