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!

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

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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.

For further details on the festival weekend see http://www.visitwexford.ie

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15,000 Visitors Set to Graze at Wexford Food and Wine Festival


15,000 Visitors Set to Graze at Wexford Food and Wine Festival

Organiser’s of the sixth annual Wexford food and Wine Festival are expecting over 15,000 visitors who will enjoy the very best food that Southeast has to offer from May 23 to 25, 2014 including Wexford’s famed Strawberry.

The festival has a fun filled menu with over 50 events celebrating the county’s superb and thriving food scene.

Commenting on the upcoming festival Chairperson Gary Johnston said, “We’re thrilled with the huge response the festival has had this year amongst food producers, we filled our market allocations early and we have some of the county’s and the country’s top food producers involved along with some fantastic Welsh food producers who are arriving over this week from Pembroke.”

Gary say’s that there will be plenty on offer for all tastes young and not so young, “We have a some mouthwatering demonstrations and workshops plus family fun activities, entertainment and demonstrations.”

The festival opens on Friday, May 23 with 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.

At Greenacres Restaurant winners of numerous awards including Food and Wine Magazine, ‘Best Wine Experience’ 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.

For further details on the festival weekend see http://www.visitwexford.ie

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This Easter Monday Enniscorthy Castle Recalls its 1916 Rising past


This Easter Monday Enniscorthy Castle Recalls its 1916 Rising past

Enniscorthy’s military history comes alive at Enniscorthy Castle this Easter Monday (21st April), as an array of ‘living history’ activities recall the events of the Easter 1916 Rising, and offer visitors an ‘Easter with a Difference’.

From 12 noon to 3 p.m., Irish Volunteer soldiers from 1916 will return to re-occupy the castle, and demonstrate weapons from the period such as the Lee Enfield and Mauser Rifles. There is also an opportunity to dress up in costumes from the period, see footage about the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy in Dublin, and learn in detail about the events of the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy – the only town outside of Dublin to rise during this time.
New additions to our existing 1916 exhibition include a record of the names of those who fought in 1916 in Enniscorthy, poetry of the leaders of the 1916 Rising in Dublin, and witness statements from the period, and these join the existing displays of original artefacts from the leaders of the Rising in Enniscorthy.
Why not also take part in our ‘new’ 1916 Treasure hunt, and explore the locations around the town that played an active part in the Rising. Sites include Enniscorthy Castle itself (including its bullet holes!), The Athenaeum, and Antwerp House. Afternoon tea will also be available in the Roche family drawing room for the afternoon, harking back to the time when the Roche family were asked to vacate the castle while it was occupied by the Volunteers.
For our young visitors, be sure to collect your ‘Permit to leave the town’, (required during the Rising in Enniscorthy), write a letter home from Frongoch Internment Camp, or become a reporter for the day and write a newspaper report describing the reading of The Proclamation of the Irish Republic from outside The Athenaeum. Prizes for the best letter and report!!
FREE ADMISSION PASSES to Enniscorthy Castle (valid for Easter Monday) will also be available to those who join the 1916 Wreath Laying Ceremony in Market Square at 11.00 a.m.

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Meet the Makers – Wexford Launches Craft Trail


Meet the Makers  - Wexford Launches Craft Trail

Susan Brindley of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland was on hand to launch the very first Craft Trail for the ‘Model’ county at a Wexford craft showcase in Greenacres Gallery on Thursday, April 3.

The new trail aimed at visitors to the region offers an insight to nineteen different craft makers on a driving route right across the county.

The free trail directory features a guide containing maps and directions to the gallery’s, craft workshops and exhibition spaces in Wexford. Visitors can meet the makers in many of the workshops and gain a greater insight to the skills involved in their own craft. Milliners, Potters, Weavers, Wood turners, Sculptors and Jewelers all feature across the trail offering visitors an opportunity to view a broad variety of traditional crafting skills.

Launching the Wexford Craft Trail, Susan Brindley Head of Public Affairs & Communications said, “I am delighted to launch this wonderful Craft Trail for County Wexford which showcases the wealth of creative talent that exists throughout the county. This easy to navigate trail offers domestic and international visitors unique opportunities to discover authentic Irish crafts; to meet makers in their studios, see them at work, learn more about the stories behind products designed and made in Wexford, and of course to purchase a piece of craft for themselves or a loved one. I would like to commend Wexford Craft Network on coming together to create such a professional trail, which will greatly enhance a visitor’s experience of the county. I wish them every success.”

The Craft Trail is the latest offering in a series of trails across County Wexford including a Garden Trail, a Heritage Trail, a Walking Trail and Food Trail. It is hoped the new trail will offer a boost to revenue in the leisure and pleasure business in the county.

Speaking at the launch Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Ted Howlin said, “I want to pay particular credit here this evening to each and every member of the Craft Trail. Under the umbrella of Visit Wexford Tourism we are working to make Co Wexford a great destination – the first destination of choice for every domestic visitor, on a year round basis and increasingly a destination of choice for overseas visitors to Ireland. Visit Wexford are marketing our County on a year round basis – taking every opportunity to get the Wexford brand and story in people’s minds.

Commenting at the event Wexford Local Development Chairperson, Pat Rath said: “We have been working with the crafters, the gardeners, the walking trail guides and the guardians of the heritage sites of Wexford for the last three years developing these trails throughout the county, there is a wonderful diversity of trails now on offer and there really is something for all tastes and interests We continue to work on this very successful offering for tourism as there huge potential to develop other trails across the county.”

Chair of the Wexford Craft Trail, Padraic Parle said, “This craft trail sits comfortably with the artistic history of the town and county of Wexford and the current prevalence of artists and makers living and working here. There are nineteen different offerings across the trail and each have a very diverse craft. Workshops, exhibitions and events are held right across the year so this trail really enables all of us crafters to come together, combine our skills and host a variety of interesting events for future visitors. This is an opportunity to discover studios; workshops and even garden workshops not normally open to the public.”

The Wexford Craft Trail features, The Blue Egg Gallery, Martin Doyle Goldsmith, Sculptor Gilly Thomas, Creations by Annette Whelan, Textile Artist Phil Stewart, Robert O’Connor Woodturning Studio, Blacksmith and Designer Dainius Varnelis, Potter Paul Maloney, The Ros Tapestry, Ceadogan Rugs, Tir na Nog Creations, Weaver Terry Dunne, Grainne Kenny Design, Potter Patricia Howard, Woodturner Maurice Duggan, Ballyelland Pottery, Milliner Patsy Flood O’Connor, The Forge CraftShop and Milliner Amanda Byrne.

Visitors will be encouraged to try their hand at various have-a-go venues, including creating a work of art at future events in the Wexford Craft Trail Calendar. For further details on the Wexford Craft Trail see http://www.visitwexford.ie or facebook.com WexfordCraftTrailNetwork

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Heroes of the Helen Blake to Feature on TG4


Heroes of the Helen Blake to Feature on TG4

Tune into TG4 on Friday, March 28 at 7.30pm to see international author Eoin Colfer and international music composer Liam Bates whom recently joined forces to host a concert for the centenary of the ‘Fethard Lifeboat Disaster’ of 1914 which saw nine-crew men of the RNLI vessel ‘The Helen Blake’ lose their lives aiding the shipwrecked Norwegian schooner ‘The Mexico’ off the coast of Wexford.

The concert was hosted by Wexford Sinfonia on Saturday, February 22 in Wexford to honor and remember the crewmembers of ‘The Mexico’ and the RNLI who lost their lives, the performance will include a specially commissioned piece by Composer Liam Bates, ‘Heroes of the Helen Blake’

100 years ago the schooner on Friday February 20th 1914 the ‘The Mexico’ went aground off the Keeragh Islands, off the Wexford coast. Within a short time, the lifeboat, which was named The Helen Blake, from Fethard was at the scene. As it tried to approach the stricken vessel, it was lashed by a mighty wave and smashed to pieces. ‘The Mexico’ was shipwrecked and though nine crew from the Fethard RNLI lifeboat perished at sea the remaining seven of the RNLI crew were rescued. The operation needed 6 trips in stormy seas to bring all to safety, but on the second of these, the dinghy was holed. For the remaining trips the sea was kept out by a loaf of bread wrapped in oilskins, plugged into the opening. Following the disaster and the loss of so many crewmembers, the RNLI shut the Lifeboat Station at Fethard-on-Sea, more recently a new life-boat is stationed at Fethard.

A memorial to the lifeboatmen can be seen in the centre of Fethard village. The men who lost their lives were Coxswain Christopher Bird, Bowman Thomas Hendrick, and Crew Members Michael Hendrick, James Morrissey, Patrick Roche, Patrick Cullen, William Bird, William Banville and Patrick Butcher.

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Colm Tóibín’s ‘Brooklyn’ to film in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford


Colm Tóibín’s ‘Brooklyn’ to film in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Award winning author and official Visit Wexford ambassador, Colm Tóibín’s highly acclaimed novel ‘Brooklyn’ is to be made into a feature film starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen and Julie Walters. It has been announced that Enniscorthy has been chosen as the location of the shooting of the Irish sequences.

The film will be an adaption of Colm Tóibín’s novel by Nick Hornby who is famous for such classics as ‘Fever Pitch’, ‘About A Boy’ and ‘High Fidelity’. The film follows Nora (Ronan), a young Irish woman who leaves her small town in Ireland hoping for a brighter future in 1950s Brooklyn. Despite her initial homesickness, she falls in love with Tony (Cohen) an Italian-American who opens her eyes to her new surroundings. But a family tragedy leads Nora back to Ireland, where her American sophistication catches the eye of the charming Jim (Gleeson).

The multi million euro production will be shot in Ireland and Canada and work on the production is expected to commence in Enniscorthy next week. Filming is scheduled to start at the end of March. Enniscorthy’s John Street, Church Street, Castle Street and the old Athenaeum will be transformed for the duration of the filming, as will the local branch of Bank of Ireland which will feature as a post office in the new movie.

The film’s location manager Gordon Wycherley has been working closely with Enniscorthy Town Council, Enniscorthy Chamber and the Gardaí on the logistics of shooting the film in Enniscorthy.

Speaking about the decision to film the scenes in Enniscorthy, location manager Gordon Wycherley said “We came and looked at Enniscorthy; we took photographs of the town and thought it had lots of potential but looked at other towns because we were looking for a 1950’s period town. But we came back to Enniscorthy because it had some of the best locations possible for what we wanted to film. Also, I think there was an emotional attachment to shooting it in Enniscorthy because Colm Tóibín is from Enniscorthy, the book is based around Enniscorthy and the director felt the same”.

Irish BAFTA-winning director John Crowley (Boy A, Intermission) will direct Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Tóibín’s acclaimed novel, which is being produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey for Wildgaze (Quartet, An Education) and co–produced by Alan Moloney in Parallel Films (Albert Nobbs, Breakfast on Pluto, Intermission).

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VIRTUAL VISIT TOURS ‘BIG 360 PROJECT’ FOR WEXFORD


VIRTUAL VISIT TOURS ‘BIG 360 PROJECT’ FOR WEXFORD

Visit Wexford Tourism is delighted to announce a creative tourism initiative for County Wexford in partnership with photography experts, Virtual Visit Tours – who operate one of the most visited Irish destination photo-blogs in the world. What makes this blog so popular is that their photos are interactive and capture a 360° field of view, immersing the online visitor in the picture.

During 2014, Virtual Visit Tours are creating a massive tourism project ‘THE BIG 360 PROJECT’ photographing just six counties in Ireland and putting them firmly on the Irish destination map.

County Wexford is the first of the chosen destinations and the project will be carried out across the county during April. The team of professional 360° photographers will be in Wexford, photographing and blogging about the local tourism providers.

Visit Wexford is delighted to be working with the Virtual Visit team and are encouraging those in the tourism industry to be part of this very exciting tourism campaign. The Virtual Visit anticipates over 100,000 views and significant visitor engagement from this combined approach during the month of the campaign. It is a great marketing opportunity for Wexford.

To book a place on the campaign contact Virtual Visit Tours at virtualvisittours.com or call 0 1 442 8995

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St. Patrick’s Day in Wexford


St. Patrick’s Day in Wexford

St. Patrick’s Day in Wexford is one of the biggest days of the year, with celebrations and parades taking place throughout Wexford town, New Ross, Enniscorthy, Gorey and all over the county.

Wexford Town’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is probably the oldest parade in the country starting back in 1917. This year the parade will take place on Monday March 17 and will start at 11am from the junction at Fisher’s Rowe, William’s Street. It will take in the following route William’s Street, Trinity street, Paul Quay, Cresent Quay, Commercial Quay, Wellington Place, Redmond Square and West Gate. The Reviewing Stand will be located on the Quay Front adjacent to the Bridge. This year’s parade will see many floats and numerous marching bands and will be one of Wexford’s best parades. Groups will assemble from Fisher’s Rowe up to the Green in Maudlintown at 10.15am sharp, while the floats will assemble at 10am from the Mace Service Station in Trinity Street on the right hand side of the road, down towards the Talbot Hotel.
The 2014 Gorey St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place Monday, March 17 at 3pm. The Parade route commences from the Enniscorthy Road/Grattan Street down the Main Street onto Esmonde Street. There will be music at the Market House from 2.30pm along with fringe events – tug of war & barmans race. There will be entertainment & prize giving on Esmonde Street directly after the Parade.
Enniscorthy’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Monday, March 17 at 2pm. Floats, vintage cars, marching bands, Bui Bolg characters and more will take to the streets for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade at 2pm. The parade will depart St. Senan’s Church led by the Army Reserve walk along Templeshannon Quay, cross Seamus Rafter Bridge and pass the reviewing stand at Abbey Square on to Millpark Road and continue through Weafer Street through Market Square and back along the quays.
The New Ross town St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place Monday, March 17 and will get underway from 2pm travelling from Irishtown down the town’s quayside to the viewing platform at the Dunbrody visitor centre.
The only St. Patrick’s Day Parade held on a beach anywhere in Ireland takes place in Duncannon on Monday March 17. The parade will start outside the church in Duncannon at 12.30pm. It will go down the Main Street and from there it will go onto the beach and will end half way down the beach. The parade will consist of local scouts, girl guides, GAA clubs, football clubs etc. The Duncannon Sandsculpting Festival will have a float in the parade as will some of the local pubs. There will be entertainment after the parade with an obstacle course on the beach and a bungee trampoline for the kids. Seamus Long will provide musical entertainment on the green for the afternoon.

Photo Credit: A Year of Festivals

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