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The Hook Lighthouse - Ireland's Oldest Operating Beacon

This stalwart beacon has been operating for 800 Years!

The Hook Lighthouse, on the Hook Peninsula, in Ireland, has provided a beacon for mariners for centuries. The current structure was built by William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, in 1245.

There were previous structures on the site, but the building that is there now is approaching 800 years old. That makes it one of the oldest lighthouses in the entire world, and certainly the oldest in the United Kingdom.

Research and historical records indicate that some sort of functioning light for sailors was on the site from as early as the 5th century.

Although the official name is  the Hook Head Lighthouse, it's known affectionately by those who live nearby as "the Tower of Hook."

The Hook Head Lighthouse is Ireland's oldest beacon | Source:  Image in the Public Domain

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