"HOOK, a parish in the barony Of Shelburne, county Wexford province of Leinster, Ireland, 3 miles S.W. of Fethard, its post town. It is 2 miles long by half a mile broad, and contains the villages of Churchtown and Slade. The parish extends along the S. side of the peninsula which forms the eastern screen of Waterford Harbour. The soil is fertile. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Ferns, value with Templeton, £91. Loftus Hall is the occasional residence of the Marquis of Ely, where the two-handed sword of Strongbow is preserved. Slade Castle, near the village of Slade, is said to have been founded by one of the Hay family. Hook Tower, from its lofty and prominent position, is now converted into a lighthouse. The light was put up in 1791; it is fixed and is visible for 16 miles. Limestone is extensively quarried in this parish."
Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868
The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.
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