Posted by: njs44 | January 17, 2010

By Hook or by crook

Today I am experimenting with images to see what has to be done to get them into the blog.

This is a picture of the Hook Lighthouse, Ireland. At one time the lighthouse was a monastery and it is one of the oldest Lighthouses in the world.

According to the Phrasefinder wewbsite http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/by-hook-or-by-crook.html the phrase “by hook or by crook” may have arisen

from the names of the villages of Hook Head and the nearby Crooke, in Waterford, Ireland. Hook Head and Crooke are on opposite sides of the Waterford channel and Cromwell (born 1599 – died 1658) is reputed to have said that Waterford would fall ‘by Hook or by Crooke’, i.e. by a landing of his army at one of those two places.

The lighthouse is quite large inside, and if I remember rightly banquets are held there from time to time. Here is a picture of the inside as it is now.

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