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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Chance to try water activities at Wexford Maritime Festival


Get on the water and have fun is the message from the organisers of the Wexford Maritime Festival 2014. With five seperate water events that everyone can participate in its a great way to enjoy Wexfords wonderful harbour. Maritime activities include raft racing, kayaking, water skiing, wakeboarding and try diving.  Teams of six can enter…

Get on the water and have fun is the message from the organisers of the Wexford Maritime Festival 2014. With five seperate water events that everyone can participate in its a great way to enjoy Wexfords wonderful harbour. Maritime activities include raft racing, kayaking, water skiing, wakeboarding and try diving. 

Teams of six can enter into raft races, taking place each afternoon on Saturday and Sunday. Entry is €60 per team with all proceeds to WexfordLifeboat. Rafts, paddles and lifejackets are provided, so all you need to do is turn upand prepared to get wet!Kayaking operators will be on Wexford quay from 12 until 6pm Saturday and Sunday and teach people the basics while enjoying Wexford from a different angle. For the more adrenaline seekers, free lessons in waterskiing and wakeboarding will be provided over the weekend, all safety gear provided.Wexford sub aqua club are giving free try a dives in Ferrybank Swimming pool on Sunday 29th at 4:45pm for those that wish to explore whats underneath!
 
For more information see http://wexfordmaritimefestival.ie/wp/events/category/maritime-activities/ or visit the try it dock area at the Cresent steps on Wexford quay from 12-6pm Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June

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47th Annual Strawberry Celebrations Take off in Wexford


The 47th annual Strawberry Festival gets underway in Enniscorthy, county Wexford this weekend and organiser’s are expecting record crowds to enjoy the summer fruits, live music and lots of free events in the sunny southeast.

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Ryan Sheridan, Wallis Bird and Damian Dempsey will all take to the Main Stage in The Big Red Barn at the weekend and host of arts events, a Teddy Bears Picnic, a busking competition, a cowboy disco and lots more are all on offer throughout the festival.

Not forgetting the famed fruit there will be the crowing of the Strawberry Queen. Paolo Tullio will join Wexford chef Phelim Byrne for ‘A Taste of Wexford Strawberries’ where chefs and home-cooks compete to impress the Strawberry Queen as she awards the winners their Bord Bia and Wexford Strawberry Growers Trophies. A Farmers Market featuring a host of artisan producers will be on offer along with the awarding of the Strawberry Grower of the year.

Commenting on the festival, Strawberry Festival event controller Patricia Bird said, “This festival is a legacy in the Irish festival calendar and the 2014 line up is stellar, all ages are well catered to and we are particularly pleased this year with the huge level of interest from international visitors with large numbers travelling to Wexford to enjoy the Strawberry festival.”

A new element of the Strawberry Festival has also been added focusing on Wexford’s abundance of literary talent along with some visiting writers. Authors Carmel Harrington, Paul O’Brien, Mary McCauley, Andrew Hughes, US Author LynnMarie Hulsmann and many more will host workshops, talks, panel discussions and book launches at ‘Focal’ during the festival.

Festival events take place until June 29th for further festival details see strawberryfest.ie or http://www.visitwexford.ie

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Make a Splash at the Wexford Maritime Festival


Fans of all things seaside are in for a treat this June 27 to 29 as one of Ireland’s largest Maritime Festivals gets underway in Wexford.  The Wexford Maritime Festival was established in 2012 to honour the memory of the founder the US Navy Commodore John Barry in his hometown of Wexford – known in the U.S. as ‘Father of the American Navy. The festivals attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year and this years festival programme is certainly a treat!

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Hit the Wexford Quayside for lots of great children’s activities including science workshops, Arts and Viking activities and a new kid’s boat stage called after Commodore Barry’s most prominent ship, the USS Alliance which will host kids discos and games. A major air and sea rescue demonstration will take place in full view of Wexford quay with a formation of the Air Corps Casa fixed wing aircraft and Air Corp Augusta Westland 139 helicopter and the new Irish Coast Guard S92 Rescue 117 and RNLI lifeboats.

Festivalgoers can make a splash as there are lots of great water fun and races on offer, with raft races, rowing and sailing, a try it dock to try kayaking, canoeing, water skiing and a free try a dive. The largest Irish and UK model boat and aircraft display across England and Ireland with a specially constructed pond for remote control driving.

The annual Irish Marine Search and Rescue conference and exercise demonstration will take place during the festival with heads of all Irish rescue organisations including the Irish Coast Guard, RNLI, Navy, Air Corps, HSE, Garda Siochana, Civil Defence, Irish Mountain Rescue Association, Harbour authorities, Irish Cave Rescue organization and lifeguards attending their conference on Friday.

The Wexford Food Family will host a market of local producers, chef demonstrations and outdoor seating area in view of the main stage where County Wexford’s finest performers will play live all weekend.  With over 40 events, free activities and attractions, Wexford quay is the place to be. See www.visitwexford.ie 

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