01/01/2018. Free to use image. A centuries-old tradition took place today (New Year’s Day) at the 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse, Co. Wexford as the Dunbrody Archers take part in a traditional “arrow ceremony” an ancient tradition which dates back to 1687. Members of the Dunbrody Archers fire arrows into the sea . Picture: Patrick Browne.
Age-old tradition re-enacted at Hook Lighthouse on New Year’s Day 2018
An age-old tradition takes place today New Year’s Day at the 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse in county Wexford as the archers, both expert and amateur, take part in a traditional “arrow ceremony”.
At 3pm, the Dunbrody Archers will join Cllr Willie Fitzharris is An Cathaoirleach of the Municipal District of New Ross Council to participate in the ceremony. The 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.
Today, on New Year’s Day 2018 the Mayor will cast an arrow into the sea symbolising the Ports authority over the estuary. Members of the public are invited to watch the free historical event at 3pm on New Year’s Day.
Commenting on the up coming event, Cathy Dowling at Hook Lighthouse said, “This is always an incredible occasion to witness and we are delighted to continue the ancinet tradition, right here on the cornerstone of Ireland’s Ancient East.”
Also taking place on New Year’s Day at Hook Lighthouse is ‘Daisy Day’ age-old tradition, as Hook Lighthouse records show the old New Year custom in the form of 'Penny for a Daisy' which was carried out by the children on New Year's Day and large numbers of children collected the first flower of 1943 and received pennies for them. According to Hook Lighthouse, “The child who found the first daisy would win the hunt but lots of children would receive pennies from the families in the