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Hook Head Lighthouse

By mauriceegan
This is Hook Head lighthouse located in county Wexford in the southeast corner of Ireland. It is the oldest operational lighthouse in the world and has stood on this spot since the 13th century. I visited there at the weekend and it is a fascinating place and well worth a visit. I hadn't time to do the tour of the lighthouse but I must come back when I have more time and do that. This place is also credited as on of the origins of the phrase in the English language " By hook or by Crook" The story goes that when Oliver Cromwell won the civil war in England in the 1640's the Royalist forces still controlled Ireland and this was unacceptable to Cromwell so he set about invading Ireland. His forces suffered a setback close to Hook head where his flagship was sunk due to enemy action. Undeterred Cromwell stated that he would take Ireland by "Hook or By Crook" Crooke happens to be another village close to Hook head on the western side of the river Suir estuary and this allegedly is one of the sources of the phrase.
Thanks for all of your votes and comments on my previous uploads as always really appreciated. I have to go back to work today after a few weks holidays and wont have as much time to look at all of your lovely photos but I will get around to them as soon as I can

Tags: Architecture Landscape and travel

Voters: Jenny-D, johnke, Hermanus and 34 more

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johnke Plus
8 223 16 England
18 Feb 2013 10:08AM
Well by hook or by crook you have my Vote. Loved the information Maurice...John
Hermanus 8 4 South Africa
18 Feb 2013 10:20AM
It is amazing that I grew up with "by hook or by crook " and never knew where it originated !! Thanx for the info Maurice !! This is a lovely image - love those rocks !!
canonfan 10 7 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 11:37AM
Lovely composition and excellent narrative Maurice
milky Plus
17 5 Wales
18 Feb 2013 3:44PM
Nice capture Maurice beautiful detail & tones--------MilkyWink
19 Feb 2013 5:14PM
Nice composition and beautiful detail and tones. Thank you for the info
ColleenA Plus
8 471 7 Australia
19 Feb 2013 8:19PM
Great story, will always remember it...Grin
19 Feb 2013 8:22PM
Lovely comp and a great story Maurice..Lin
fificat100 9 5 2 Scotland
19 Feb 2013 8:41PM
A very fine composition, Maurice, and interesting, informative storylines with it.

Ayoob 9 Australia
20 Feb 2013 12:11AM
Great capture........... Grin
ltj22 12 4 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013 10:57PM
Beautiful seascape, lovely tones great work..Len

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