Explore posts on all aspects of life on the hook peninsula. They highlight the diversity of the peninsula, be that in history, flora, fauna or the ground beneath your feet.

Coastal Walls and Promenades

Visitors to the peninsula may have noticed these walls which run south along the coast from Loftus Hall. While today they are mostly washed away through coastal erosion they can still be seen in places. One might wonder if these were simply a method to prevent coastal erosion or if there was some other purpose…

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Hook Head Lookout Station

Visitors to the lighthouse may have taken a quick stroll to the end of the road and wondered what the concrete slabs were once used for. These are the remnants of the WW2 Lookout station used for keeping an eye on the ships ensuring they passed the area in safety. The raised slab with the…

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Limekilns

For the majority of the last two centuries lime was a very important farming and building resource. These strange buildings are part of that story.

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St Dubhan’s Church

The medieval church built on the site of St Dubhán’s monastery who gave his name to the Irish for the peninsula, Rinn Dubhán. They were also the first keepers of a warning beacon on the peninsula.

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Old RNLI Boathouse

This lifeboat house was built in 1886 at a cost of £603 and remained in service until the disaster of the Helen Blake lifeboat in 1914. The Helen Blake Lifeboat disaster occurred on 20 February 1914. That afternoon the Norwegian schooner Mexico ran aground on the Keeragh Islands. The Fethard Lifeboat launched to rescue the…

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Knights Templar at Templetown

The Knights Templar first utilised this spot by building a wooden tower here. The current stone tower that can be seen was built after the Templar lands were given to their rivals the Knights Hospitaller. The more modern church building is the old Church of Ireland church that was used up until the newer St…

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