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 or

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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.

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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

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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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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.

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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.


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.”

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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 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.


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.

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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!


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 




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Strawberry Celebrations Take off in Wexford

Strawberry Festival 2014 is gearing up for a fun filled week of events from June 14th until June 22nd in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.  A vibrant week where Co Wexford celebrates the famous Wexford strawberry- to be devoured whilst listening to great music, taking in some art and literary events or simply browsing the food and artisan markets. All ages are well catered to with an exciting programme that highlights the best Wexford has to offer.

Offering the best of Irish musical talent from national names to well know Wexford locals- Ryan Sheridan, Wallis Bird and Damian Dempsey are taking to the Main Stage in The Big Red Barn, Abbey Square Shopping Centre, Enniscorthy over the weekend. Supporting acts include the winners of Wexfactor Lucy Doyle and Eoin Groake.

Join the Princesses competing to be the 2014 Queen when they wander through the fabulous food markets and speciality stalls, the artisan marketplace and free children’s events such as the Teddy Bears Picnic, Roddy Doyle and Aspills stories or come to meet them at the Strawberry Ball, the Carlsberg Pub Talent or having the craic at the Berry Best Hat at the Dog Track. Market Square will be a hive of activity with Disney Discos, St Aidan’s Gospel Choir, buskers and the grand crowning of the Festival Queen.

The All-Ireland Farmers Market will take over the streets with the finest national offering of producers and suppliers all showcasing their wares.

Grab your partner by the hand for the Cowboys and Cowgirls Family Disco in The Big Red Barn on Sunday 22nd which will be hosted by Voice of Ireland star Padraig Byrne.

“A Taste of Wexford Strawberries” sees chefs and home-cooks compete to impress the Queen as she awards the winners their Bord Bia and Wexford Strawberry Growers Trophies. 

Regardless of whether strawberries are for you, or whether you are young or old, this Festival is definitely the place to BE!

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Wexford Motor Show

The Wexford Motor Show has been a huge success over the last few years and the 2014 event will be even bigger. This year the show will be held on Saturday 14th June and will take place from 9am to 6pm on the Quayside in Wexford Town. The location is perfectly suited to this type of event and it is expected that over 15,000 people will visit the show.

The show is organised by the local Motor Dealers and The Society of the Irish Motor Industry with support from Wexford Borough Council and the Road Safety Authority. This year’s show will feature:-

  • 120 new vehicles and 100 vintage sports & classic cars.
  • The Road Safety authority will provide their Road show vehicles as part of a Road Safety Awareness campaign on the day.
  • There will be a family entertainment area with clowns, face painting, a climbing wall and kids area.
  • Free giveaways during the day.
  • The event is free to all the family.

This event will have the biggest motor business participation in the country this year, with 18 franchise dealers and 24 brands represented on the day. It’s great to see the local dealers, who compete against each other every day, coming together to put a show on for Wexford County.

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Thousands Set to Graze at Wexford Food and Wine Festival this Weekend

Wexford Food Festival 2 Wexford Food Festival 1 Wexford Food Festival 5Thousands of visitors are set to descend on Wexford this weekend for the sixth annual Wexford food and Wine Festival which gets underway from today. Festivalgoers will enjoy the very best food that Southeast has to offer throughout the weekend until May 25.

The festival has a fun filled menu with over 50 events celebrating the county’s superb and thriving food scene. Highlights include an evening of ‘Sea Shanty’ and fish at Greenacres Gallery. Peter Caviston, Fishmonger of Glasthule and the Dublin Male voice choir ‘Brook Singers’ join forces for an evening celebrating Seafood.

On Saturday, May 24 guided foraging takes off at 9.45am from The Raven in Curracloe with the excursion guided by the Blackstairs Eco Trails. If you’d rather hear about foraging then join cook and author of ‘Wild Food’ and judge of ‘The Great Irish Bake-Off’ Biddy White Lennon who will discuss ‘Foraging for Fun’, where and when to forage for wild food in spring and early summer.

If it’s the food you are planning to enjoy on Saturday evening you can’t go wrong by heading to Wexford Boat Club for a Festival Hog roast and BBQ or take in the highlight of the Food Festival at the open air Food Producers Market at Selskar Square and South Main Street in the heart of Wexford town, where a host an outdoor food producers featuring local, regional and Welsh artisan produce will be on offer. Food producers and growers will display fresh produce ranging from breads, cakes, ice cream, seasonal fruit including Wexford’s famed strawberries, eggs, cheese meat and much more! To add to the festival atmosphere a tasty side helping of family entertainment will also be provided. This market will also be open on Sunday, May 25.

If you’d rather get involved in the cooking process head to the Irish National Heritage Park where visitors have the opportunity to experience an ancient cooking method used by our ancestors using a Fulacht Fiadh. Dating back to the early Christian age skinned animals were wrapped in straw and placed into a pit of boiling water which had been heated using rocks from a fire. It has been discovered that this ancient cooking method is very similar to that of our modern ovens – 20 minutes to the pound and 20 minutes over! Visitors will have the opportunity to taste meat cooked in this traditional method.

Topping off the festival is a good helping of Craft Beer, at the ‘Irish Craft Beer & Food Matching’ with Cuilan Loughnane of White Gypsy Brewery and Warren Gillen of Cistín Eile Restaurant. Cuilan is one of the early pioneers of Irish brewing and has built up a great reputation for his quality beers, recently bottling for the restaurant trade. Many of the same principals can be seen in at Cistín Eile. Warren too prides himself on sourcing his ingredients from local artisan producers and has also built up a reputation nationwide for his contemporary Irish food. This event is a must for anyone who appreciates high quality food and beer using locally sourced ingredients.

A series of GIY workshops, Composting workshops and Beekeeping workshops will also be available through out the weekend.

If it’s the Wine in the title you’re after then hear to Greenacres Restaurant who will host some key sommeliers for the festival weekend. Philipe Germain from Chateau de la Roulerie vineyard whose origins date back to the 11th century, Bertrard from Domaine Deshaires of Pouilly Fuisse and Pascual Toso Tasting and Frank Kinneen The Vineyard, Galway will all be on hand to share their expect wine knowledge.

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