The phrase comes 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. From the mounted telescope at Hook we could spot Dunmore east across the bay. I spotted some pubs and was delighted when Jon Walsh suggested we take a trip over.
|Dunmore East across the seas from Hook|
Jon gave us a lovely guided tour of this beautiful seaside village before we settled in the Heaven hotel for some dinner and bank holiday Sunday drinks. I got the fish pie and had a lovely Guinness. Bhí fear Chonamara sásta cinnte, iasc agus porter. It was back to Coleman's then for a few more and home early. A great day, indeed, a great weekend.
|Car Ferry to Passage East|