Visual Art Exhibitions, Crafts at the Castle and Progress at the Irish National Heritage Park


There is plenty to do in sunny Wexford this weekend – get your diary out and start planning a fun weekend.

‘DON’T LOOK’ an exhibition which will take place this Saturday, September 3 in Selskar Square – is an exhibition presented by newly emerged group of artists with various interests, ranging from performance and video to sculpting, painting and photography.

The theme of the exhibition is environment. The entertainment will be mainly family and community orientated, with puppet show, face painting, games for children, music and 2D/3D exhibits. The exhibition is free of charge. Don’t miss this opportunity of spending an entertaining afternoon with your family or friends.

‘Crafts at the Castle’ will take place this Sunday September 4 from 11am to 4pm in the beautiful setting of Johnstown Castle gardens. Over 20 traders will showcase their talents featuring vintage clothes, tasty fruit ‘n’ veg, quality meats, colourful cushions, bespoke bird feeders, unique jewellery and much, much more. The stalls will be located in the courtyard of the Irish Agricultural Museum. The Peacock Tea Room will also be open for business serving up a tasty selection of sweet and savoury snacks plus drinks.

At the Irish National Heritage Park work continues apace under a Failte Ireland assisted project which is transforming the Park into one of the premier visitor attractions in the South East.   The Park illustrates 9000 years of Irish history with full-scale replicas of houses, forts, settlements and ritual sites, all scattered through 35 acres of beautiful woodlands and wetlands.  A tour by one of its professional, costumed guides is not to be missed.

All sites are being rebuilt or restored by traditional craftsmen using the materials and techniques of long-ago.  The Neolithic farm is nearing completion and its 6000 year-old owner will soon take up residence – more about that at a later date!

The Ringfort houses have been rethatched and the next step is to build the massive oak rampart that will protect the site, along with a new gate-tower, which is bound to be a favourite for young and old alike.

The monastery is restored and a new AV takes visitors on an exciting journey through Ireland’s early monasteries with breathtaking views of the Skelligs.  The herb-garden is taking shape and Abbot Finian can be seen playing with his cat in his little cell.  Outside the smoke from the restored corn drying kiln hangs in the air and work on restoring the seventh century water mill is underway. A fantastic new boardwalk takes visitors deep into wet woodland, creating an utterly unique opportunity to experience this beautiful natural environment, usually inaccessible to all but the most intrepid explorers!  Morning is the best time to visit this.

Kids have not been forgotten either: scattered throughout the Park are a series of interactive ‘trials’, based on different aspects of our ancient past: children can try to move a megalith, carve some rock art, weave a wattle house, copy early manuscripts and even pan for gold!   Two new playgrounds have also been installed, one near the Visitor Centre for younger kids and one on the hill for older children.

While the guided tour remains its premier visitor offering, excellent self-guiding facilities have also been installed, including an audio tour led by Ireland’s own prehistoric time traveler, Tuan Mac Cairill. Something of a linguist, Tuan leads his tour in no less than seven European languages! (Irish, English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Polish).

For more information on all wexford attractions and events see www.visitwexford.ie

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