Yesterday we enjoyed a great day out in Co. Wexford. 27 of our members set off for Hook Lighthouse and Tintern Abbey. It was a very short journey using the M9 to Waterford and then on to New Ross. Despite the short journey we were delighted to reach Hook Lighthouse where we were treated to a welcome tea/coffee and scones. Following our respite we had a guided tour of the complex including the Watchroom and the Medieval Tower. A beacon has shone in this spot since the 5th century and continued when Hook Lighthouse was established by William Marshall, as Lord of Leinster, in the 13th Century.

We had a very friendly and knowledgeable guide, whose name escapes me, who guided us through the history of the building over the centuries and who led us to the spectacular views from the balcony, 115 steps up the mural staircase and 46 metres above sea level.

From Hook we travelled the short journey to Tintern Abbey. This monastery was also founded by William Marshall and named after Tintern in Wales. The abbey was occupied by the Colclough family from the 16th Century until the 1960’s. Our guide here was Margaret Brennan who again gave us an excellent tour of the abbey. She even managed to get a few bars of “The Rose of Mooncoin” from the group.

There was also time to relax in the Colclough Walled Garden or have some refreshments in the cafe.

Onwards then to the Brandon House Hotel in New Ross where we had a splendid meal, one of the best I’ve had in a while, and a couple of glasses of wine to unwind after a very busy day. Our thanks to Marian and Pauline who organised everything and made sure all went smoothly on the day.