NEW ROSS PIANO FESTIVAL & EBONY and IRONY FRINGE FEST


An inaugural Fringe Festival to the annual New Ross Piano Festival, the ‘Ebony and Irony Fringe Festival’ will take place in New Ross Co. Wexford from September 25th – 28th this year.

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Audiences can expect a concentrated piano-fest weekend featuring international pianists – not just one but three will share the three main concerts. Solo recitals with other international pianists, late night concerts, pianos in supermarkets for visitors to play, public masterclasses and sessions with school children will all be on offer. Pianists include famous names, Melvyn Tan, Finghin Collins, Lise de la Salle, Beatrice Berrut and Joseph Moog.

At the fringe Festival a Piano Dual, Craft workshops in looming, satire and humour, art and music syncopation will all feature. A stand up comedy night sees two new and upcoming comedians Fabu D a Nigerian born comedian from Dublin and Steve Bennett a native of Portlaoise who’s musical comedy has already delighted audiences in Wexford in the past. Sunday offers an afternoon of outdoor live music gigs.

For all the details on the New Ross Piano Festival & The Ebony and Irony Fringe festival see http://www.visitwexford.ie

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Inaugural Fringe Festival Announced for New Ross Piano Festival


EBONY and IRONY FRINGE FEST

An inaugural Fringe Festival to the annual New Ross Piano Festival has been announced, the ‘Ebony and Irony Fringe Festival’ in New Ross Co. Wexford was developed as an addendum to the already very successful New Ross Piano Festival. Which takes place for the ninth year from September 25th – 28th this year.

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The ethos of the Ebony and Irony Fest is to join forces with the already established Piano Festival and expand on the events and programme on offer to create a weekend for the whole family.

General Manager of the Brandon House Hotel and co-ordinator of the Ebony and Irony Festival, Bettie-Marie Burger-Smit said: “In order for festivals to be able to access and have continued support from various agencies like Failte Ireland, they must attract a wider audience year on year, and create and increase in visitor numbers. We decided to give a hand by creating this event, in conjunction with the local businesses, and the support of the Chamber of Commerce, to assist in expanding the offering of the Piano Festival to even wider audiences.”

The Ebony & Irony Fringe Fest has a full programme of events, kicking off with a Piano Dual between local and renowned Wexford Pianist Toddy Walsh, and South African pianist Brynmore van Wyk. “Something akin to Zorro meets Liberace” with drama, humour and flare at 9pm on Friday 26 September – followed by continued piano and sing-a-longs.

Saturday is for the whole family, with workshops in various crafts, Looming, satire and humour, art, music syncopation and the list goes on – all in the name of fun. There will also be a full day of activities in Craft Central on the Quay, the Dunbrody Famine Ship as well as participating businesses and St Michael’s Theatre.

For the more active the annual Brandon House Hotel Hill run has been scheduled for 11am, in the morning, and this year it will form part of the Jack and Jill Foundation Hill Climb fundraiser.

Saturday evening 9pm at the Brandon House Hotel the day ends with a stand up comedy night featuring two new and upcoming comedians. Fabu D is a Nigerian born comedian from Dublin that has built up quite the reputation on both sides of the border for his acerbic observations of Irish society, especially the Dublin community, and Steve Bennett – a native of Portlaoise who’s musical comedy has already delighted audiences in New Ross in the past. This will be followed by music, and some more entertainment on the resident piano. This is a strictly adults only event with strong language.

The Sunday will see the Fringe Fest end with the help of Guinness who has proudly engaged supported the festival, to celebrate their very own black and white offering in support of the Ebony & Irony Fringe Fest with an afternoon of live music. Weather permitting.

There are also two competitions running in conjunction with this event. There is an amateur black and white photographic competition in three age categories (U12, U18 and Adult Open) – closing date 24 September 2014, as well as a Ironic Crossword Contest in association with the People Newspaper group (closing date 25 September)

ALL events are €5 per entry, and tickets can be bought at the Brandon House Hotel & Spa, or online at www.ebonyandirony.net. For more details on the event and the most up to date programme, please visit the website, or email ebonyandironyff@gmail.com or call 051-421703.

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The Kennedy Summer School


 

The 3rd Kennedy Summer School is set to take place in New Ross from September 11 to 13, 2014.

The Summer School seeks
 to focus on the presidency of John F Kennedy, the legacy of the Kennedy family, its particular relationship with County Wexford and the broader relationship between Ireland and America generally.

The 2014 theme is History Repeats Itself under which some general recurring themes in Irish and American history, politics and culture at different points in time, during the Kennedy presidency and in modern times will be examined.

It promises to be a busy, entertaining and stimulating three days in New Ross with a broad programme of events and even a ‘Tea Festival!’ if you can make your way to join any of the events it will be well wroth it.

For further details see: http://www.visitwexford.ie

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Thursday 11th September 2014:

THE DUNGANSTOWN FESTIVAL OF TEA & CAKES

2.30pm to 5.30pm

An afternoon of talks, cookery demonstrations, entertainment and light refreshments.
Featuring among others: Kevin Dundon, Juanita Browne author of Put the Kettle On: The Irish love affair with Tea.

Hosted by Alan Corcoran, South East Radio

Venue: Kennedy Homestead, Dunganstown OPENING NIGHT EVENT:

THE JACKIE FASCINATION

Starts 8pm

An evening exploring Ireland and America’s enduring affection for and fascination with Jackie Kennedy. Featuring: “The Elegant Eye; Jackie Kennedy’s Modern America” a presentation by Nicole Mary Kelby, author of The Pink Suit. Followed by live entertainment.

Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

 

 

Friday 12th September 2014:

‘HE CHOSE TO GO TO THE MOON WE CHOOSE TO GO TO MARS’

Starts 10.30am

An audio-visual presentation on space exploration since the Kennedy presidency by Leo Enright
Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

THE TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP Exploring a new phase in European and US economic relations

11.30am to 1pm

A Round Table discussion in association with The European Commission Representation in Ireland and American Chamber of Commerce Ireland. Speakers to include: Stuart Dwyer, Chargé d’Affaires US Embassy and a European Union Commission Representation speaker.
Venue: Brandon House Hotel New Ross

THE EDWARD M KENNEDY LECTURE ‘Truth & Reconciliation in Ireland’ in association with Centre for Conflict Intervention NUI Maynooth

Starts 2.30pm

Address by Baroness Nuala O’Loan.
Reply by: Charles Flanagan TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

EMIGRANT GAMES The GAA and Emigration

Starts 4.30pm

Talks by: Páraic Duffy, Director General of the GAA Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Diaspora Affairs. Chair: Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh
Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

THE KENNEDY SUMMER SCHOOL DINNER
8.00pm till late

Special After Dinner address by: Dr. Günther Grun from the Bundesbank (aka Barry Murphy, star of Aprés Match and Irish Pictorial Weekly)
Venue: Brandon House Hotel

Saturday 13th September 2014:

EMIGRATION THEN & ONCE AGAIN

Starts 11am

Blaming the poor for their poverty; then & once again

Dr. Christine Kinealy, Professor of History & Irish Studies, Quinnipiac University

Irish emigration today; Who is going and why?

Dr. Piaras Mac Éinrí lecturer in Migration Studies, Department of Geography, University College Cork

‘Other People’s Diaspora’ Recent Immigration and Historical Emigration to and from Ireland’
Dr. Sinéad Moynihan, Department of English, University of Exeter. Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

BUDGET CHOICES 2015 - A Political Panel

Starts 1pm

A discussion on next month’s budget with a cross section of political speakers including: Sean Fleming TD, Public Expenditure, Fianna Fail, Lucinda Creighton TD, member of Reform Alliance, John Halligan, TD, Independent.

Venue: St Michael’s Theatre
MARKETING MODERN POLITICS

Starts 2.30pm

The Kennedy Campaigns 1964-2012

Larry Donnelly, University College Galway, Legal Counsel Democrats Abroad, Ireland.

The Art and Craft of Political Campaigns.

Eoghan Harris, screenwriter, playwright, TV producer, columnist.

Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

COLD WAR THEN & ONCE AGAIN? An exploration of US, Russian and International Relations in the 1960s and today.

Starts 4pm

Featuring a keynote address by: Nina L. Khrushcheva, Associate Professor of International Affairs, the New School and Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute, New York City.
Venue: St Michael’s Theatre

THE DUNBRODY FLEADH CHEOIL

EXPERIENCE
Celebrating Irish music’s transatlantic journey

5.30pm till late

Featuring various local and national Irish music performers on stages onboard the Dunbrody Famine Ship and its environs and concluding with: Quayside Concert with Sharon Shannon at 8pm Venue: Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience

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Ticket Prices:

Tickets: St. Michael’s Theatre. Box Office 051 421255 or online at stmichaelsnewross.ticketsolve.com

  • –  Individual Event in St Michael’s Theatre 5 Places must be booked in advance
  • –  All Day Ticket Friday or Saturday 10
  • –  Dunganstown Festival of Tea and Cakes 15 
Places limited and must be booked in advance
  • –  Kennedy Summer School Dinner 65
  • –  Dunbrody Fleadh Cheoil Experience and Sharon Shannon. Free Event The Kennedy Summer School 
35 South Street, New Ross, Co. Wexford email info@kennedysummerschool.ie Telephone 087 2868720 
facebook.com/KennedySummerSchool @JFK_SS

 

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Irish Kite Surfing Championships Take off in Wexford


The Irish National Kite Surfing Championships will take place on Duncannon Beach in County Wexford this weekend from August 23 and 24, 2014. The Championships are hosted by the Irish Kite-Surfing Association and Hooked Kite-surfing and will take place during the fifth annual Hooked Kite Fest in Duncannon.

 

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Kite-Surf instructor and organiser Niall Roche from Hooked Kitesurfing said there will be lots to enjoy plus lots to see at the competition and festival. “This is going to be another great weekend in Duncannon, we are delighted to be hosting the IKSA Championships again this year and we have lots of riders coming in from Europe and all over Ireland to take part in the men’s and women’s course racing competitions and also the junior freestyle event.

For anyone not familiar with Kite surfing, it involves attaching yourself to a kite and skimming at high speed across the water on a board. The Competitors will also hope to catch some big airs and perform spectacular stunts as they harness gusts of wind and this is always great fun to watch.”

“Kitesurfing has become one of the fastest growing water sports in Ireland, with a growing community of both young and old riders, it is the world’s fastest growing adventure sport. Here in Ireland our sunny season can be short but we get wind all year round, so you will see many kiters braving the Irish waters “off season” when the wind has picked up especially here in Duncannon, it is one of the best kite-surfing locations in the country for lots of reasons but mostly due to the constant south westerly prevailing winds.” Niall continued.

The Festival and Championships will offer spectators the opportunity to witness the very best junior, female and male riders from across Ireland and the globe as they compete over the weekend in the course racing events. Competitors showcase their spectacular skills with aerial tricks and gravity defying moves, a treat for all of that watch from Duncannon Beach.

The festival also offers a host of free family fun and entertainment including water zorbing, a volleyball competition, live music, face painting, a Kids Zone and much more. For a full programme of the festival and competition see http://www.visitwexford.ie

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 28th Annual Sand Sculpting Festival Coming up in Wexford


The 28th annual Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival will take place on Duncannon Beach in County Wexford from August 15 to 17. Professional Sand-sculptors will be onsite from Monday, August 11 creating giant sand-sculpted masterpieces.

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The festival will kick off on Friday with a free giant beach party to mark the grand opening of sand sculptures from 7pm with music by DJ Noel Lynch. Fun beach games and competitions will be on offer on the beach and a huge fireworks display after dark lighting up the village.

Festivities recommence on Saturday with a Teddy Bears Picnic on the green, performances from the Barrack Street band at 3pm and Wrestling on the green at 6pm. The much-anticipated Sand-Sculpture exhibition will open to visitors from 10am.

Family fun events will take place on beautiful Duncannon beach throughout Saturday offering Tug o War, Bungee Trampolining, Water Zorbing an obstacle course and more.

The family fun events will continue on Duncannon beach on Sunday with the Sand-Sculpting exhibition continuing from 10am. Locals and visitors can register for the weekends main even the very serious amateur sand sculpting competition from 2 to 4pm. Teams of four can register on the day.

For further details on the festival see www.visitwexford.ie

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August bank Holiday weekend Festivals in Wexford


This August Bank holiday weekend there are tones of opportunities to get into the summer vibe and enjoy some festival fun.

Wexford is currently hosting Europe’s largest outdoor Art Festival as ‘Art in the Open’ and it runs until August 4.
Six spectacular ‘Paint-outs’ are the core of Art in the Open Festival where artists will take to some of the Southeast’s most stunning scenery, charming villages and historic towns including Courtown, Graignamanagh, Enniscorthy, Ballyhack, Clonegal, and Wexford Town, where they will create a masterpiece of the vista.

Don’t miss the giant exhibition of all the pieces created featuring hundreds of paintings exhibited in Wexford town at Whites of Wexford.

For all the details see http://www.artintheopen.org/

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The Vinegar Hill Battle Re-enactment, August 1 to 3

The third annual reenactment of the Battle of Vinegar Hill is set to take place at the historic Enniscorthy location this Saturday and Sunday, August 2 and 3 and organiser’s say it will be the busiest battlefield to-date.

The highlight of each day will be the staging of two full-scale battle re-enactments on view freely to the public, the Rebels will capture Enniscorthy Town on Saturday, August 2 while the Redcoats take Vinegar Hill on Sunday August 3 as the forces will amass their strength at the Market Square at 1pm for a wreath laying ceremony commemorating all those lost in battle during the 1798 Rebellion. This will be followed by parade through the town to Vinegar Hill for battle at 2.00pm. Visitors are invited to watch the two armies fight amidst gunfire and explosions, pike charges and cannon fire on the notorious battleground overlooking Enniscorthy. The crown forces will also include cavalry and cannons to launch their assault on the hill.

There’s also plenty of action in town for all the family throughout the weekend, including a visit to the rebel camp of the 1798 Rebellion or the Crown Force Soldiers in Enniscorthy Castle, view traditional crafts or browse the craft and antiques fairs or witness the exhibition ‘Rebels V’s Redcoats’ polocrosse match.

The call to arms for the Rebel Camp is still open, if you think you have what it takes men, women and children can enlist to join the rebel forces at http://www.vinegarhill.ie

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For further details on the upcoming Battle of Vinegar Hill Re-enactment see http://www.visitwexford.ie

Gorey Market House Festival – August Bank Holiday Weekend 2014 – July 31 to August 3.

The very best in music, fashion and family fun. North Wexford’s premier open air Festival, is even bigger and better this year with Live outdoor music from Jack L, Corner boy, White Chalk and Riptide Movement plus exhibitions, tons of kids fun, market day, Ireland’s only open air street fashion extravaganza with Brendan Courtney and lots more.

It’s a festival for all the family over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. Check out their fun Jam ‘N’ Jam competition featuring three categories ‘Best Strawberry’, ‘Best Raspberry’ and ‘Best Unusual Combination ‘. Irish food writer Biddy White Lennon will award a prize of €100 for the 1st place entries, €50 for 2nd place and a Jam making kit for 3rd place. The pot of jam dubbed ‘Best in Show’ will win the overall prize of €200.

See http://www.visitwexford.ie or https://www.facebook.com/goreymarkethousefestival

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Europe’s largest ‘Art in the Open Festival’ to take place in the Southeast of Ireland


Thousands of pieces of art will be created at paint out locations across the Southeast of Ireland next week as Europe’s largest outdoor Art Festival ‘Art in the Open’ takes place from Monday, July 28 until Monday, August 4.

 

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Organiser’s announced that a huge number of well known international artists will descend on the countryside next week with artists attending from twelve different countries including Russia, Sweden, Jamaica, Israel and many parts of the U.S, Europe and all across Ireland to participate.

Commenting on the upcoming festival Chairperson, Neil O’Keeffe says, “We are overwhelmed with the level of interest that the festival has received from artists and the public who love to watch the creative process and who look forward to the exhibition. Up to 180 artists will take part and all of these artists will create numerous pieces of art ‘live’ during the festival, they will then choose their best pieces to exhibit at the end of the festival, culminating in an art exhibition of 250 pieces which will be open to the public to view at Whites of Wexford.”

The concept of an ‘Art in the Open’ festival is that all of the work is created outdoors, on location. Artists arrive at a ‘paint-out’ site with blank canvases, these canvases are stamped on the back acknowledging the artist is starting from scratch and over the next couple of hours at the ‘paint-out’ location the artists attempt to capture the light and the atmosphere of the Irish countryside. At the end of the festival, the best 250 paintings are selected for a massive exhibition with artists competing for over €5000 in awards.

The public can watch the creative process at any of the six‘ paint-out’ locations across the Southeast including Courtown, north Wexford, Graignamanagh county Kilkenny, Enniscorthy, the villages of Ballyhack, county Wexford, Passage East in Waterford, Clonegal in county Wicklow, and Wexford town, where on Saturday 2nd the registered artists and the public will compete in a Charity Quick Draw at 1pm in the Selskar area, with the funds going to Wexford Hospice HomeCare.

Some of the festival highlights include a free lecture at the world renowned Wexford Opera House by Spanish artist, Paloma Pelaez Bravo on Bank Holiday Monday, August 4th. Painting workshops and demonstrations with well-known international artists, including Dot Courson (Mississippi), Valerie Craig (Philadelphia), Billyo O’Donnell (Missouri), Aaron Schuerr (Montana) and Antti Rautiola from Finland to name just a few.

The ‘Art in the Open’ festival runs from July 28 to August 4. For further details see http://www.artintheopen.org or http://www.visitwexford.ie

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Summer Festival Fun in Wexford


It’s time to start planning your August bank Holiday weekend in Wexford. 

There is no date in the year that truly sreams Summer like the August Bank Holiday weekend. It’s taken fairly seriously in Wexford and There are three super festivals taking place across county to choose from… or make like the festival Man Mark Graham and his ambition and realisation of visiting three festivals a week… and why not try to fit in all three!!

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Check out the Art in the Open Festival  2014

Wexford will host Europe’s largest outdoor Art Festival as ‘Art in the Open’ takes place from July 28 until August 4.

Six spectacular ‘Paint-outs’ are the core of Art in the Open Festival where artists will take to some of the Southeasts most stunning scenery, charming villages and historic towns including Courtown, Graignamanagh, Enniscorthy, Ballyhack, Clonegal, and Wexford Town, where they will create a masterpiece of the vista. The festival culminates in a giant exhibition of all the pieces created featured 2,500 paintings exhibited in Wexford town. Festivalgoers can join the artists or observe the creative process, enjoy workshops, a quickdraw or a painter’s pint.

For further details see visitwexford.ie

  

The Vinegar Hill Battle Re-enactment, August 1 to 3

Witness history unfold this August Bank Holiday weekend and make tracks for Enniscorthy as the town hosts Ireland’s largest Battle re-enactment. Vinegar Hill is the venue as a free re-creation of the 1798 Battle of Vinegar Hill. Experience life as an 18th Century redcoat, learn about the heroic pikemen of ’98, or see blacksmiths preparing for battle. Why not even enlist to take part and re-live a momentous scene from Irelands’ history books. see www.visitwexford.ie

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Gorey Market House Festival – August Bank Holiday Weekend 2014 – July 31 to August 3.

The very best in music, fashion and family fun. North Wexford’s premier open air Festival, is even bigger and better this year with Live outdoor music from Jack L, Corner boy, White Chalk and Riptide Movement plus exhibitions, tons of kids fun, market day, Ireland’s only open air street fashion extravaganza with Brendan Courtney and lots more. It’s a festival for all the family over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. Check out their fun Jam ‘N’ Jam competition featuring three categories ‘Best Strawberry’, ‘Best Raspberry’ and ‘Best Unusual Combination ‘.  Irish food writer Biddy White Lennon will award a prize of €100 for the 1st place entries, €50 for 2nd place and a Jam making kit for 3rd place. The pot of jam dubbed ‘Best in Show’ will win the overall prize of €200. 

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See http://www.visitwexford.ie

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Kilmore Seafood Festival


Kilmore Seafood Festival, July 10th to 13th county Wexford

The 29th annual Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival takes place in the pictureseque fishing village this weekend and celebrates the very best of Irish seafood.

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Enjoy a cookery master class with Phelim Byrne, Wine tasting and cookery demonstrations plus a Fish Friday Market and lots more.

The charming fishing village celebrates summer with delicious seafood platters, fishing and lots of fun activities for all the family. The festival is centered on seafood, fishing and fun for all the family. You can indulge your palate with delicious seafood platters or join in the many activities set out in the festival programme. Enjoy Music, Street Theatre, Art and its famous Seafood Platters.

See visitwexford.ie or http://kilmorequayseafoodfestival.com/wordpress/

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New Ross Gears up for Ireland’s official Fourth of July Celebrations –  Irish America Day


Organiser’s of the third annual Irish America Day have unveiled a packed programme of events for Ireland’s official July 4 celebrations on Friday in New Ross, Co. Wexford. Irish America day promises to be an exciting weekend for all the family to celebrate the U.S holiday in style with events continuing throughout the weekend.

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Keeping in line with US traditions whereby the Declaration is read from the ‘Old State House’ in Boston, there will be a reading of the ‘Declaration of Independence’ by the ‘Town Crier’ at The Tholsel at noon.

From noon to 6pm, Arts and Crafts and a Picnic on the Quayside, enjoy the live entertainment along the Quay with a fantastic line up of local bands at the JFK Memorial Statue will take place.  Members of Wexford Food Family food producers will create a vibrant Quayside market all weekend. Friday’s celebrations will come to a close with a spectacular fireworks display over the River Barrow at 10.30am.

Joining in the festivities will be Hook Lighthouse who will host the Waterford Wolves American Football Club, as well as all day barbeques, family fun and events. The Dunbrody Famine Ship will host a series of Boston Tea Party Reenactments and American Tea Parties will take place throughout the day at participating businesses across New Ross.

Saturday sees New Ross host the All Ireland Pipe Band Championships in the Town Park, followed by a Pipe Band parade through the town at 6pm. Take in some Al Fresco Dining at South Street plus the Dunbrody Strongman Competition will take place at the town park on Saturday afternoon.

Busker’s Sunday promises to be an eclectic finale to the celebrations with a variety of musicians lining the town’s streets, adding to the festival atmosphere. A pirate Festival day will take place at Hook Lighthouse and Al Fresco dining with members of the Wexford Food Family will take place on the Quayside along with Arts and Crafts.

Commenting on the events one of the organiser’s Teresa Delaney said, ”We are delighted to be hosting our third annual Fourth of July, Irish America Day Celebrations, last year we had flocks of U.S. visitors make their way to New Ross to celebrate their national holiday with us and we are looking forward to seeing everyone again this year. It’s going to be a great day of celebrating our unique Irish American links and festivities are extended this year to take in the wonderful All Ireland Pipe Band Championships with lots of events on offer for all ages and tastes throughout the weekend.”

For further festival details see www.visitwexford.ie

 

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