A visitor centre opens at one of the oldest lighthouses in the world Hook Head in County Wexford.

The visitor centre at Hook Head was officially opened by President Mary MacAleese who praised the work of the tourism industry in providing new opportunities and jobs.

Wild, wonderful Hook Lighthouse on the windswept Hook peninsula in south west Wexford.

It is said that the Welsh monk Dubhán established the first light at Hook Head in the 5th century. It wasn't until the 13th century that a formal lighthouse was built.

Hook Head lighthouse became fully automated five years ago. Former lighthouse keeper Tux Tweedy maintains a family tradition and is actively involved in the upkeep of the lighthouse. His father and brothers had all worked for Irish Lights.

That was the way it was with Irish Lights. It was basically sons follow fathers.

It is expected that in the next few years, Hook Head Lighthouse will become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 25 April 2001. The reporter is Damien Tiernan.