It is situated on the R734, 50 km from Wexford town. This area is renowned as the location of Hook Lighthouse, one of the world's oldest working lighthouses, built in the 13th century. The lighthouse is now fully automatic, and is open to the public. The Head itself is interesting as the rock contains many visible fossils.
Hook Head is said to have found its way into common English usage in the saying "By Hook or by Crook." It's claimed that the phrase is derived from attempts to take Waterford by Hook (on the east side of the harbour) or by Crook (a village on the west side of the harbour).
On Wednesday the 10th of October 2007 it had been reported that significant amount of oil has been found off the coast of Hook head, in the north Celtic Sea. An Irish company, Providence Resources have drilled test holes and are said to have discovered good quality oil. RTÉ News
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