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Hook Head
Rinn Duáin
Lighthouse HookHead CtyWexford IRE.jpg
Coordinates 52°07′25.68″N 6°55′44.76″W / 52.1238000°N 6.9291000°W / 52.1238000; -6.9291000Coordinates: 52°07′25.68″N 6°55′44.76″W / 52.1238000°N 6.9291000°W / 52.1238000; -6.9291000

Hook Head (Irish: Rinn Duáin) is a headland in County Wexford, Ireland located on the east side of the estuary of The Three Sisters (Rivers Nore, Suir and Barrow). It is part of the Hook peninsula and is adjacent to the historic townland of Loftus Hall. It is situated on the R734 road, 50 kilometres (31 mi) from Wexford town.

In Irish its name was originally Rinn Dubháin, Dubhán's point, named for a 5th-century Brittonic saint of that name (literally "little black [haired] one"). The English name is possibly a calque of his name, incorrectly read as being dubán, "fishing-hook."

Lighthouse

This area is renowned as the location of Hook Lighthouse, the oldest working lighthouse in the world. Access to the lighthouse is by guided tours only which are available all year around. At the foot of the light house there is a cafe, gift shop and a maritime exhibition. The lighthouse is part of Ireland's Ancient East, information about attractions on the peninsula is available at the Ireland's Ancient East sign.

Notable events

On Wednesday 10 October 2007 it was reported that a significant amount of oil had been found off the coast of Hook head, in the north Celtic Sea. An Irish company, Providence Resources had drilled test holes and were said to have discovered good quality oil.

The annual hook conference has recently become an important antiques festival. It showcases the best of local and international hooks. Participants in 2017 came from as far away as Kenya, New Hampshire and Thailand.

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