Today’s snapshot comes from a tiny area called Hook Head in County Wexford in Southeast Ireland. We were lucky enough to have a gloriously sunny day with plenty of blue sky and bright light. It’s a little bit of a journey to get to the Head of Hook, I must tell you. But the ride is one of the most beautiful in the Southeast.
The lighthouse is one of the premier sites to see in the area and it is worth the trip. They aren’t kidding when they say that it is the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. While no one has lived in the lighthouse since 1996, it is operated from Dun Laoghaire, outside of Dublin. We were also fortunate to have a personally guided tour of the lighthouse, built sometime around 1210-1230. Yes, 1210-1230! The light didn’t get electricity until 1972 — meaning they had to climb 115 steps to wind the mechanism to keep it flashing. And prior to that, they carried coal!
One of my favorite memories of the trip is that we stayed across the water in Dunmore East and we had a terrible storm one night. One of the worst in recent history where the Waterford train station was flooded and we couldn’t drive to New Ross the next day due to more flooding. But that night, tucked warmly in my bed, the Hook Head lighthouse beamed around and around right at me!