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Monday 10 December 2018

Hook head is the best little lighthouse in the world

IT'S OFFICIAL...Hook Head lighthouse in Wexford has clinched the top spot as the best beacon in the world.

The oldest working lighthouse in Europe was listed as number one in an international line up of all-time greats.

Described as "the great granddaddy of lighthouses" by travel guide Lonely Planet, Hook Head beat stiff competition from beacons in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, England and India.

"It had humble beginnings, reportedly as far back as the 5th century, with monks lighting a beacon there," the guide says.

"The structure as it stands today has existed for 800 years.

"It's an automated light, squat and a little ... plump (they say horizontal stripes emphasise a thick waist, so it might just be an illusion)."

Staff at the Hook Head lighthouse said that they always knew that it is a "special place".

"We always knew we were number one and now so does the world," centre manager Ann Waters told the Herald.

"We have worked hard to make it one of the top attractions in Wexford and are now delighted to find that it has been voted number one in the well read, well loved and much used Lonely Planet guide.

"Hopefully this accolade will entice people to come and explore the beautiful Hook peninsula."

The popular guide compiled a list of these "bright beacons from a bygone era".

The lighthouse at Creac'h on Isle d'Ouessant, France, the Green Cape lighthouse at Disaster Bay in Australia and the Eddystone lighthouse at Plymouth, England are also in the top five.

The Hook Head lighthouse will play a central part of the Tall Ships Race at the end of the month.

In the run-up to the sailing event, on June 30, there will be family events and fairs at the lighthouse.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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