HOOK LIGHT­HOUSE AR­ROW CER­E­MONY HITS TAR­GET

AGE OLD TRA­DI­TION CLAIM­ING WATER­FORD ES­TU­ARY FOR COUNTY WEX­FORD GETS RE-EN­ACTED ON BEUATIFUL START TO 2019 IN THE PENIN­SULA

New Ross Standard - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID LOOBY

ON a beau­ti­ful New Year’s Day at 1 p.m., an age-old tra­di­tion was brought to life at Hook Head when the Dun­brody Archers and the cathaoir­leach of New Ross Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict coun­cil took part in a tra­di­tional ar­row fir­ing cer­e­mony.

Hav­ing been led from the light­house by mem­bers of New Ross & Dis­trict Pipe Band, the archers and Cllr John Flem­ing took their po­si­tion on the head­land from where they shot ar­rows into the sea.

This an­cient tra­di­tion dates back to 1687 when the Mayor and the cor­po­ra­tion of New Ross Town Coun­cil claimed their au­thor­ity over the Tower and wa­ters by trav­el­ling to the point of the Hook and shoot­ing an ar­row into the sea from Hook Head Light­house.

The act sym­bol­ised the county’s au­thor­ity over the es­tu­ary.

Hook Light­house Man­ager Ann Wa­ters said: `This is al­ways an in­cred­i­ble oc­ca­sion to wit­ness and we were de­lighted to con­tinue the an­cient tra­di­tion, right here on the cor­ner­stone of Ire­land’s An­cient East.’

Amy Ke­hoe with her dad Ed­ward.

Archers He­len Ka­vanagh and Amy Ke­hoe.

Dun­brody archers Eoin Doyle, Jo­hawn Shawn and Martins Ar­bidan.

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