Hooks and Crookes

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Hooks and Crookes were formed in 2004 to celebrate the Tall Ships Race coming to their home town of Waterford in July 2005. They had so much fun back then that they just kept going and have now appeared at festivals, Maritime and otherwise throughout Ireland, the U.K. and Europe. Their name derives from the old Cromwellian saying “by hook or by crooke” and refers to the two headlands at the entrance to Waterford Harbour. Hook Head Lighthouse dominates the Wexford shore, whilst further upstream Crooke Lighthouse lies on the Waterford Shore.

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