An Age Old Tradition continues at Hook Lighthouse on New Year’s Day


An Age Old Tradition continues at Hook Lighthouse on New Year’s Day

‘Daisy Day’ an age-old tradition continues on New Years Day at the world’s oldest operational Lighthouse – Hook Lighthouse on January 1 2014.

The age-old peninsula tradition is Daisy Day! On Wednesday, January 1st 2014, families are invited to the Lighthouse from 1.30pm for an day of fun with a free ‘Daisy Hunt’ and games.

According to Niamh Waters of Hook Lighthouse records show the old New Year custom in the form of ‘penny for a Daisy’ was carried out as usual by the children on New Year’s Day and large numbers of children collected the first flower of 1943 and received pennies for them. “The residents on the Hook Peninsula would join in the hunt for Daisies on New Year’s Day and was a very popular tradition. The child who would find the first Daisy wins the hunt but lots of children would have traditionally received pennies from the families in the area.” said, Niamh.

For New Year Hook Lighthouse is inviting everyone to come along on New Year’s Day to join in the Daisy Hunt and whoever finds a real daisy wins a special prize.

New Year festivities will commence at the Lighthouse from 10am on New Years Day as a charity coffee morning commences at 10am in aid of New Ross Hospice homecare.

At noon the revival of a medieval custom will take place when an ‘Arrow Ceremony’ will take place. The Mayor of New Ross will fire an arrow into the sea symbolizing the ports authority over the estuary. The Dunbrody Archers will assist Mayor Niamh Fitzgibbon to launch the symbolic arrow into the sea; the Archers will be lead by the New Ross Junior Pipe Band to the new Walkway in the cobbled yard area of the Lighthouse from where the arrow will be fired.

For further details on all of these events see visitwexford.ie

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Festive Markets All Around for ‘Christmas in Wexford’


Around the world there is nothing like the words ‘Christmas’ and ‘markets’ to get people of all ages excited and this year Wexford has lots on offer. From the north to the southern tip of Wexford there are an abundance of Christmas and festive food and craft markets to suit every taste and pocket.

The Gorey Creative Christmas Fair will take place at Gorey Shopping Centre on Saturday 14th December. You can visit Santa in the main Mall beside the lift, and then pop upstairs to view the fine festival selection of craft stalls offering gift ideas from jewllery to pottery, from children’s toys to clothes as well as delicious festive baking. All items are individually made by skilled crafts people in the local region.

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Enniscorthy is in style this festive season thanks to the town’s new Christmas lights. Enniscorthy Castle is excited to welcome Santa and his helpers this December. This promises to be a wonderful experience for children and adults alike. Santa will be at the Castle from December 1 to December 23. Mrs Claus will be reading from some of her favourite Christmas Stories, and helping the waiting children to make some very special Christmas Decorations for the trees in Enniscorthy Castle. As you wait in anxious anticipation for Santa, why not play with some of the Roche children’s toys

A Great Victorian Christmas is on offer at Wells House where Santa Claus will be in the great hall and storytelling sessions with Mrs.Claus are on offer at her cottage. A wonderful Christmas food and Craft Market will take place at Well’s House from December 7 to 23. Santa will also be nipping over to Johnstown Castle to celebrate Christmas on 7-8 and 14-15 Dec.

In Wexford town set amongst the twinkling lights, festive log cabins have been set up in the Bullring for a market filled with festive artisan food, drinks, treats and crafts. The Festive market takes place during December on Saturday and Sunday’s from the 7th to the 22nd plus Monday and Tuesday the 23 and 24th.

In New Ross the Christmas Bazaar promises to ensure that all visitors will get their festive shopping completed at the Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 14 at the Scout Hall on marsh Lane from 2pm to 6pm. Santa will be in town also at St. Michael’s Theatre on the each Saturday and Sunday until the 22nd.

Santa is set to arrive at Hook Lighthouse on Sunday, December 15 with an escort from Fethard Coastguard at 2pm to his special grotto at the Lighthouse Watch room.

Also on the Hook Peninsula help the it is Santa Versus the Grinch at Loftus Hall, join Santa and help him save Christmas on Saturday, December 14.

On New Years Day at Hook Lighthouse join in the age old tradition that is ‘Daisy Day’ where local children would race to find the first daisies of the year to be rewarded with pennies.

For further details on all events see visitwexford.ie

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JFK50 ’The Homecoming’ Wins ‘Gathering of the Year’ Award


The JFK50 ‘The Homecoming’ has been announced as the winner in the annual Chambers Ireland Awards category for the ‘Gathering of the Year’ 2013.

The award ceremony took place in Dublin on the evening of November 13, 2013 and was presented by RTE’s Mary Kennedy. In total five County Wexford projects were shortlisted for the 2013 Excellence in Local Government Awards and the county was announced as the winner of three categories including the JFK50 for the Gathering of the Year, Wexford County Library – Discover, Imagine, Grow!

 was announced as the winner of the best Library Service Category and ‘Rebellion’ at The National 1798 Rebellion Centre won in the Supporting Tourism Category.

The JFK50 ‘The Homecoming’ which took place on June 22, 2013 celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the visit of President Kennedy to the town of his forefathers. New Ross Town Council lightened the Kennedy Torch at Arlington Cemetery and transferred it to the new Emigrant Flame at the quayside in New Ross. The event produced a four-hour show on the main stage in New Ross. The event was embraced by the late President’s family who arrived in great numbers and participated in the event.

New Ross Town Council beat off some stiff competition to win this award, other shortlisted events included, Cork Rebel Week, the International Hurling Festival, Kilkenny Tradfest, Limerick International Fashion & Design Festival, Manchester Mayo Gathering incorporating the Attymass & North Mayo Gathering, IN HUMBERTS FOOTSTEPS

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Commenting on the award win Eamonn Hore, New Ross Town Manager said, “The Homecoming was a magical event; a labour of love, greatly appreciated by the Kennedy family and by the thousands of people from New Ross and from across the world who attended on that most memorable day in June. I would like to thank Chambers Ireland and IPB for their recognition of this fantastic Gathering event.”

Accepting the award, Cllr Niamh FitzGibbon, Cathaoirleach of New Ross Town Council said, “This is a wonderful recognition that of all of the Gathering events, this really was the best. We were confident that the JFK50 The Homecoming was an amazing event and we know that it had a profound effect on the town. It is something I will always remember and meeting townspeople I know that this event has instilled so much pride in them. The voluntary involvement and participation by local people was unprecedented so I would like to thank everyone for their efforts, I’m delighted to accept this award on behalf of the town council but mostly on behalf of the people of New Ross.”

Madeleine Quirke CEO of Wexford Chamber commented, “I am delighted to see five wonderful projects across Wexford shortlisted for the annual awards. There are some fantastic projects taking place right across the country so to be shortlisted is a real honour and to win is a coup. I know that Wexford County Council and the town council put in a huge amount of work across all of these projects and it is fantastic to see this hard work honoured. I’m thrilled to see New Ross Town Council win this award, out of all of the thousands of Gatherings during 2013 to win this award, it really is an honor.”

Speaking on behalf of the Wexford Gathering Committee, Chairman Cllr John Hegarty said, “I am delighted that the long months of meticulous planning and hard work has been recognized with this prestigious award. 50 years ago, a visit by a young, newly elected JFK put New Ross on the world stage and the JFK50 events of the summer again focussed the eyes of the world on the unique link between Wexford and one of the most iconic figures in American and world history. This award is not only a credit to those involved in organizing the event but also the people of the whole of county Wexford.”

Two other projects across Wexford were shortlisted for the 2013 awards including The Rocks, Wexford Town in the Sports Development Category. Arts Ability
in the Sustaining the Arts Category. The Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government showcase best practice in local government and highlight the projects of merit that local authorities undertake.

The final event in the year long JFK50 take place in New Ross Town on November 22, to remember and to celebrate the life of President John F. Kennedy fifty years to the day he was shot and killed while on a campaign trip in 1963.

On Friday, November 22nd a short ceremony will take place at the Emigrant Flame during which wreaths will be laid. The ceremony will commence at 5.50pm and at 6.00pm a Memorial wreaths will be laid on the Quay in honour of the 35th President whose life was cut short in Dallas in 1963 at 6.05pm Irish time. The event on the Quay will pay tribute to the President and all those who left our shores never to return home.

‘The Remembering’ ceremony also feature the premiere of ‘John Fitzgerald Kennedy – The Flame still Burns Brightly’ a specially composed piece of music by distinguished Irish composer Vincent Kennedy. The piece was commissioned by New Ross Town Council for the event and covers the themes of JFK’s presidency. Members of up to ten different bands will perform this piece.

Following the laying of the wreaths a special Mass to commemorate the life of President Kennedy will be celebrated in the parish Church at 7pm celebrated by Bishop of Ferns Dr. Denis Brennan.

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New Ross Announce Details of JFK Remembrance Event for November 22


New Ross Town Council have announced details of the town’s 50th anniversary memorial event ‘The Remembering’ which will take place in the town on November 22, to remember and to celebrate the life of President John F. Kennedy.

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JFK 50 ‘The Remembering’ is the last in a year long event programme to commemorate the 35th President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy and his visit to New Ross on 27th June 1963.

On the November 22 in 1963, while on a campaign trip President Kennedy was shot and killed. The world mourned for an inspirational leader.

Announcing ‘The Remembering’ events New Ross Town Manager Eamonn Hore said, “This is a simple, understated and respectful public memorial commemorating President Kennedy’s life. It marks the close of the year of the JFK50 in New Ross and though this is a poignant occasion it has been a wonderful year and we are very thankful to everyone who joined in the JFK50 during the year of The Gathering, in particular every member of the Kennedy family. We are delighted that Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the United States of America, Mr. Stuart Dwyer will attend the Wreath Laying and Memorial Mass on November 22. Cathaoirleach Niamh FitzGibbon has issued an open invitation to everyone to be part of this commemoration.”

On Friday, November 22nd a short ceremony will take place at the Emigrant Flame during which wreaths will be laid. The ceremony will commence at 5.50pm and at 6.00pm a Memorial wreaths will be laid on the Quay in honour of the 35th President whose life was cut short in Dallas in 1963 at 6.05pm Irish time. The event on the Quay will pay tribute to the President and all those who left our shores never to return home.

The Emigrant Flame was carried to New Ross from ‘The Eternal Flame’ at President Kennedy’s graveside at Arlington National Cemetery earlier this year. On June 22, on the 50th anniversary of the visit of President Kennedy to his hometown An Taoiseach Enda Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy and Jean Kennedy-Smith set alight the Emigrant Flame monument a symbolic world globe encasing the roots and branches of an Irish Oak tree surrounded by a circle of black granite with a mariners compass carved into the structure on New Ross Quayside and the Dunbrody famine ship as a powerful backdrop.

On Friday, November 22nd, ‘The Remembering’ ceremony also feature the premiere of ‘John Fitzgerald Kennedy – The Flame still Burns Brightly’ a specially composed piece of music by distinguished Irish composer Vincent Kennedy. The piece was commissioned by New Ross Town Council for the event and covers the themes of JFK’s presidency. Members of up to ten different bands will perform this piece.

Following the laying of the wreaths a special Mass to commemorate the life of President Kennedy will be celebrated in the parish Church at 7pm celebrated by Bishop of Ferns Dr. Denis Brennan.

Chairman of JFK50, Cllr. Michael Sheehan added, “The theme of reflection and remembrance encapsulates the highs and hopes of both nations and a fitting tone to close the year. The year has elevated the profile of New Ross and given the area a boost. New Ross has a bright future and as a result of the year, we have a renewed confidence and optimism.”

Earlier in the day the JFK Trust will host a private remembrance ceremony, which will be held at the Kennedy Homestead in Dunganstown, New Ross at 3 p.m. on November 22 to reflect on the life and work of President John F Kennedy and his continuing legacy. The Charge D’Affaires of the US Embassy, Stuart Dwyer will be present.

These events are open to the Public with no invitation required. For further details see http://www.jfk50ireland.com

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Wexford Tops the Southeast Region for Highest Number of Overseas Visitors


For the first time in over 10 years Wexford is leading the Southeast region with the highest number of overseas visitor numbers and overseas visitor spend.

New Failte Ireland research results have been unveiled this week which shows Wexford leading the region with 229,000 overseas visitors in 2012, the highest figure for a southeast county, Waterford falls into second place and Kilkenny third followed by Tipperary south and Carlow.

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In terms of tourism value the Southeast region earned €232million in revenue in 2012. €65 million of this was revenue to county Wexford an increase of over 50% from the €40 million of tourism revenue in Wexford in 2011.

Commenting on the figures, Chairperson of Visit Wexford Peter Wilson said, “These figures speak for themselves really, we are thrilled to have such a great number of visitors coming and spending in Wexford and even more thrilled that this figure is growing. We put a huge amount of time and effort into building, growing and communicating the tourism products of Wexford through the Visit Wexford tourism group and we are all delighted to see this reap the rewards.

Just this week County Manger Adrian Doyle, Wexford County Council and Visit Wexford hosted 18 members of the Irish Tourism Operators Association and held a showcase for them to inform them further of what is on offer to their visitors in Wexford. The feedback we received at the event was invaluable and hugely positive so we hope that communication events that we carry out like this will again be reflected in the visitors numbers to Wexford in the future and that we see further growth.

It is no coincidence that the upturn in these figures directly align with the commencement of the collaborative tourism group that is Visit Wexford; all members of the regional and overall committees are very focused on the joint promotion of the town and county for the betterment of tourism in Wexford. for everyone.”

In terms of the domestic tourism economy the revenue from this market is worth €271 million to the regional economy of the southeast with most visitors travelling between July and September.

At the Visit Wexford tourism table work is currently well underway for the 2014 tourism year. For further details on Visit Wexford or to list your business, event or tourism attraction on the Visit Wexford website which attracts an average of 13,000 visitors per month see http://www.visitwexford.ie

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‘Spooktacular’ Offerings in Wexford this Halloween for All the Family


Loftus Hall, reputed to be the most haunted house in Ireland are taking terror to an all new level and are launching a brand new interactive tour just in time for Halloween.

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Down the road at the 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse and located in the graveyard of 1,000 ships there will be no shortage of spooky tales. During Halloween, the lighthouse runs ghostly tours, taking visitors up the 115 steps to the original keepers’ quarters. Atmospheric lighting, hanging spiders and creepy nooks and crannies along the way are not for the feint-hearted.

Haunting happenings are on offer right across county Wexford with paranormal Tours and a ‘School of Witches and Wizards’ is on offer at Enniscorthy Castle, the 300 year-old Wells House will host ghoulish guides telling tales of the resident spirits. Tales of the Enchanted Forest and The Park After will offer a fright at the Irish National Heritage Park, the spirit of Halloween is alive and well in Wexford.

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The Irish National Heritage Park are celebrating Halloween with Tales of the Enchanted Forest kids tour for children aged 5-10. For the brave out there, The Park After Dark 2013 takes place at the Heritage Park from October 25 up to November 2. This attraction is super scary and kids must be over 8 years old and accompanied by an adult.

The Irish Agricultural Museum at Johnstown Castle host a family ‘Fright at the Museum’ from October 27 to October 28 where visitors can enjoy a ‘Spooktacular’ day of fun and meet a host of gruesome characters around the museum courtyard.

Following their hugely popular sell-out Halloween shows last year, the Haunted Halloween Tour returns to Wells House this year. From September 21 to November 1 take a journey into the darkest heart of Halloween with the return of ‘The Horror of the Witches’ Bride.

For lots of family fun ‘Gorey Halloween’ in Gorey of course is on offer during the mid-term break, with fun for all the family including a Halloween Masquerade Ball, themed bars and restaurants – why not try the delicious ‘Bloody Gorey Soup’ or the hot ‘Gorey Úll’ and more.

For programme details of ‘Halloween in Wexford’ see visitwexford.ie

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Wexford Arts Centre Highlights for the Wexford Fringe Festival


Wexford Arts Centre starts of the Wexford Fringe festival with some comedy by Bernard O Shea on Friday 18th October 8pm, better known as resident roving reporter and Georgia Salpa’s love interest on RTÉ’s hugely popular Republic of Telly.

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Wexford born, US based Helen O Leary’s constructive installation exhibition Refusal opens on Saturday19th October 4pm alongside stunning photography works in D’lush café by her daughter Eva. All welcome. Larry Kirwan of Black 47 fame returns on Saturday 19th Oct. 8.30pm bringing about 30 NYC friends with him for his performance of Foster at the Five points celebrating life of the father of American music, Stephen Foster penned by Larry followed by some tunes from his own/Black 47 collection. There will also be a panel discussion about Larry and the influence of immigration on Sunday 20th October at 3pm with panel guests Jackie Hayden former Hot Press General Manager and writer and playwright Billy Roche. FREE supported by The Gathering Ireland. Wexford Drama then take to the stage with the hit play DA by Hugh Leonard from Wednesday 23rd – Sunday 27th October. There will also be lunchtime jazz with Irish/NYC/Dutch band Equinox on Monday 28th October 1pm. Roma Tomelty famed BBC actress and sister to Frances Tomelty (former wife of Sting) stars in the Tony award, moving and funny production Of Kennedy’s Children by acclaimed Centre Stage Northern Ireland on Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st October 8pm following the lives of a group of remarkable characters who gather in an NYC bar in the aftermath of Kennedy’s assassination. Cáca Mílis Samhain Cabaret is always a great Halloween hit on Friday 1st November with eclectic line up of ghoulish performances 9pm – book early and fancy dress/masques encouraged.
For kids bring them to Stich head by Guy Bass – Young Inklings reading club Saturday 19th October, Age 7-12. Polka Dot by Myriad dance on Friday 1st November 2pm followed by Dust of Your Skeleton Dance workshop 4pm and also to the fantastic Jackula Returns –Dracula’s magician brother’s Magic & Juggling show which was big sell out hit last year on Saturday 2nd November 1.30am & 4pm performances – be sure to book in advance.
Also there will be lots of visual arts activities with Little Artist Club on Saturday19th and 26th Oct 11am for age 7-12 and Space Adventure with Lego 1-4pm for Age 8+ and a Carnival Adventures with Lego camp suit age 8+Tuesday 29th –Thursday 31st Oct 10am-2pm.
The final highlight event for the fringe festival will be with the Chicago soul queen Karen Underwood as Singing Nina in the highly acclaimed Nina Simone at Riverbank House Hotel 8.30pm on Saturday 2nd November – will have you dancing and wanting more!

For more info and for booking http://www.wexfordartscentre.ie and http://www.wexfordfringe.ie

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Fright Fest on the Cards for Wexford


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If you have yet to make plans for Halloween and the midterm break then look no further than Wexford. There are so many different events and activities happening here over the Halloween break. From creepy tours to Halloween Balls, we’ve got all bases covered here in Wexford.

Ireland’s most haunted house, Loftus Hall, is launching a brand new interactive tour just in time for Halloween. Visitors can choose to take an adult only tour, which promises to take terror to the next level. The new Halloween Quest Tour is also open for all family members with a caveat ‘You may enter of your own free will but only the Hall will decide if you’re allowed to leave.”

The nine-bay mansion house on the Hook Peninsula in Wexford near Hook Lighthouse, boasts an intricate tale of haunted happenings and a life of strife and dereliction dating back to around 1350.

Haunting happenings are on offer right across county Wexford with paranormal Tours on offer at Enniscorthy Castle, the 300 year-old Wells House will host ghoulish guides telling tales of the resident spirits, Tales of the Enchanted Forest and The Park After will offer a fright at the Irish National Heritage Park, the spirit of Halloween is alive and well in Wexford.

The Irish National Heritage Park are celebrating Halloween with Tales of the Enchanted Forest kids tour for children aged 5-10. For the brave out there, The Park After Dark 2013 takes place at the Heritage Park from October 25 up to November 2. This attraction is super scary and kids must be over 8 years old and accompanied by an adult.

Kia Ora Mini Farm becomes a very spooky place to visit this Halloween with decorations and skeletons dotted around the farm, Halloween discos from October 27 to 31 from 1pm to 5pm, face painting and a pumpkin carving competition.

The Irish Agricultural Museum at Johnstown Castle host a family ‘Fright at the Museum’ from October 27 to October 28 where visitors can enjoy a ‘Spooktacular’ day of fun and meet a host of gruesome characters around the museum courtyard.

Following their hugely popular sell-out Halloween shows last year, the Haunted Halloween Tour returns to Wells House this year. From September 21 to November 1 take a journey into the darkest heart of Halloween with the return of ‘The Horror of the Witches’ Bride.

Enniscorthy Castle’s School of Witches and Wizards is calling all apprentice witches and wizards for an hour and a half magical mystery as they try to solve “The Halberdier’s Curse”.

For lots of family fun ‘Gorey Halloween’ in Gorey of course is on offer during the mid-term break, with fun for all the family including a Halloween Masquerade Ball, themed bars and restaurants – why not try the delicious ‘Bloody Gorey Soup’ or the hot ‘Gorey Úll’ and more.

Secret Valley have a special event for the very first time, join the crew for ‘Boo at the Zoo’ from October 26 to November 3. Enjoy Arts and Crafts, Competitions, Bat Quiz, Haunted House Adventure Hunt, Creepy Crawly Animal Handling (not for the faint-hearted!) and much, much more!. On Sunday, 27th of October and Thursday, 31st of October, Secret Valley will be holding thier Annual Murder Mystery with a Family Yearly Membership at stake!

For full details of ‘Halloween in Wexford’ see visitwexford.ie

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FIREWORKS TO LIGHT UP THE SKIES OF WEXFORD ON OCTOBER 23


FIREWORKS TO LIGHT UP THE SKIES OF WEXFORD ON OCTOBER 23

WEXFORD FESTIVAL OPERA OFFICIAL OPENING

If you are in Wexford on October 23 head to the Quayside, if you’ve not yet planned to go to Wexford on October 23, then get planning!!

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A giant fireworks display will lightup the Wexford Quayside to officially open to the 62nd annual Wexford Festival Opera. Internationally bestselling author and Wexfordian, Eoin Colfer, will be on hand to officially open the ceremony at 7pm.

The Fireworks display is undoubtedly the climax of the ceremony and Energia, Ireland’s leading independent energy supplier has come on board to light up the skies over Wexford as the sponsor of the opening night fireworks display.

Wexford Fringe Festival an annual open-access arts festival which will run in parallel to Wexford Opera Festival from Friday, 18th October to Sunday, 3rd November 2013 will also be in full swing.

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Wexford Fringe offers an eclectic mix of over 300 events over 17 days including cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, puppetry, music, and visual art, many of which are free to attend.

Artists from around Ireland and further afield participate alongside home-grown talent, in art forms spanning cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, puppetry, music, visual art and design. Wexford Fringe literally takes over the entire town with over 300 events staged in pop up venues as well as established venues such as theatres, hotels, art galleries, cafes and civic buildings. What differentiates Wexford Fringe from many other Fringe Festivals is that alongside the ticketed open access programme are the Fringe produced and/or supported special free events, which run throughout the programme.

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These events add to the carnival atmosphere that engulfs the town and includes the Wexford Festival Opera and Wexford Speigel Tent Festival.

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

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Wexford Fringe Festival 2013 Programme Launched


Wexford Arts Centre found itself packed out on Thursday night as members of the business and arts community came together to launch the 61st Wexford Fringe Festival. The event marks the beginning of the Festival season in the town as it begins to count down to the 62nd Wexford Opera Festival which, along with the Fringe, starts next month.

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CEO of Wexford Chamber Madeleine Quirke said she was absolutely thrilled to have the 2013 Wexford Fringe Festival guide in her hand, saying that it was a fabulous publication. She welcomed everyone to the launch “I’m delighted to see such a big crowd here for the start of a very exciting season for Wexford. This is what this town is all about.” She thanked all those involved in the design and publication of the guide, saying that it was user-friendly, easy to follow and colourful. She paid special tribute to Chameleon Design, Niall Reck for the Fringe website and Shane Rochford for putting the guide together. She also thanked Failte Ireland for their support, Wexford Arts Centre for the venue, Celtic Link for sponsorship of the Fringe Guide and the many advertisers.
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Tara Kerry from Failte Ireland said that Wexford was entering a fantastic season full of activity, adding that Wexford’s strengths lay in its culture and heritage. She said the guide was packed with events and she needed a week off to read through it all. She looked forward to seeing many familiar faces throughout the two weeks of the festival. Rory McCall, Marketing Director with Celtic Link Ferries said that the crowd gathered on the evening highlighted how big a deal the Fringe was to Wexford people and said that it was the kind of event Celtic Link wanted to stand beside, as the fastest growing ferry company in Ireland. “It was a very clear and obvious partnership for us. We bring people to Wexford for events like this. Being a 100% Wexford owned and operating out of Rosslare Europort, it is opportune that we can support such an amazing event right on our doorstep.” Elizabeth White of Wexford Arts Centre said that they were delighted to be a partner to the Fringe and looked forward to future involvement. She also thanked those partaking the festival pointing out that without talent, there would be no fringe and she asked that these people be supported all year round. Deputy Major of Wexford, Cllr. Joe Ryan said that Wexford punched well above its weight when it came to festival time and he commended the huge amount of work that had gone into the Fringe launch. “It is great to live in a town with a sense of energy, drive and imagination such as this. The Arts is a great way to think outside the box and this guide is fantastic. I wish the Fringe festival all the best hope all of the events as well attended as they deserve to be. “There is something for everyone and that is what makes our town different and great.” The evening came to a close to the sound of soprano singer Aisling Williams, who will perform as part of the Enniscorthy Athenaeum Operetta in the Riverside Park Hotel on October 24, and music by the Featherhead Trio.

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The Wexford Festival Opera Fringe takes place from October 18 to November 3. – See more at: http://www.visitwexford.ie

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