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  • Name: Hook Lighthouse
  • Address: Fethard-On-Sea, New Ross,
  • Phone Number: 051 397056
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The tapering headland of Hook Head, located in the south-western corner of county Wexford, forms the eastern boundary of the great estuary known as Waterford Harbour. The bedrock consists of two types of sedimentary rock: old red sandstone and limestone. For centuries this was quarried at Herrylock to make millstones, water troughs and other objects. The point of Hook itself consists of fossil-bearing carboniferous limestone. Because of the rivers Barrow, Nore and Suir which flow into the estuary it was known in Irish as Comar na dtrí nUisce (the confluence of three waters). The Vikings called it Vadra Fiord (the weather estuary) which was the origin of the name Waterford. In the fifth century a monk named Dubhán established a monastery on the peninsula. The medieval church at Churchtown, built on the site of Dubhán’s monastery, incorporated part of an early Christian monastery. The headland became known as Rinn Dubháin (Dubhán’s headland). Although Dubhán is also the Irish work for fishing hook, it is likely that the headland got its present name from the old English work Hook, meaning a projecting piece of land. According to tradition, the monks from Dubhán’s monastery erected the first fire beacon to warn seafarers to keep away from the dangerous rocks.