Wexford Tourism Industry Encouraged to Attend Workshop for Ireland’s Ancient East


A workshop for the members of the Wexford Tourism industry has been announced by Fáilte Ireland in order to further develop Wexford’s position on Ireland’s Ancient East.

  

In Mid-April Fáilte Ireland launched Ireland’s Ancient East – an initiative that seeks to build on the wealth of historical and cultural assets in the east of Ireland stretching from Carlingford down the east coats to Cork and from Cavan to Carnsore Point.

 

Commenting on the upcoming workshop for Wexford, Chair of Visit Wexford, Bettie Marie Burger-Smit said, “This is one of a number of workshops which are set to be held all along Ireland’s Ancient East but it is a very important one for Wexford. This is the industry’s chance to engage with the brand and to assist in building the opportunities for Wexford within the product offering which will result in an enhanced experience within Wexford for visitors touring Ireland’s Ancient east.”

 

Ireland’s Ancient East will attract greater international attention by offering visitors a personal experience of 5,000 years of history through a relaxing journey of discovery in the beautiful landscape that attracted warring settlers for millennia.

 

The key to this initiative’s success will be how local people, communities and tourism stakeholders, offering stories and products, which touch on the main themes of Ireland’s Ancient East, illuminate the local history.

 

The brand workshop is where Fáilte Ireland will share the thinking behind the brand, feedback from consumers and international buyers and plans on bringing this exciting initiative to life. As part of the workshop an exploration of the great stories in Wexford will take place to see how these can be a part of Ireland’s Ancient East.

 

The Wexford workshop will take place at the Amber Springs Hotel on May 12th at 9.30am. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to pre-register for this free workshop with Fáilte Ireland via email to Eimear Whittle – Eimear.Whittle@failteireland.ie

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Three top Festivals for Visitors to enjoy in Wexford this May Bank Holiday


Visitors to Wexford are in for a treat this may bank Holiday with a choice of three festivals to enjoy! 

The inaugural JestFest takes place from May 1st to 4th 2015 

JestFest is a Comedy and Street Theatre Festival and takes place this May Bank Holiday weekend across Wexford town.

Enjoy a laugh with the finest Irish stand-up comedians including Al porter, Andrew Maxwell, Andrea Farrell, David McSavage, Fred Cookem Joe Rooney, Jon Kenny, Karl Spain, Kevin Gildea, Lisa Casey, Niamh Marron and Paul Tylak who will  take to the stage in atmospheric venues all over town armed with hilarious one liners, anecdotes and monologues to make you laugh and make you cry.

Taking to the streets for a variety of street theatre are a host of Irish and international street jesters, acrobats and contortionists including the Fanzini Brothers, a Knights Tale, Tumble Circus, Renegade Cabaret, Walkabout! and  The Chancy Brothers to name but a few! Also enjoy Cult Movie screenings and the unique Comedy in the Dark, Wexford is the only place to be for May Bank Holiday weekend!

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

 Jestfest

 

The annual  Hook Lighthouse Maritime Matters Festival takes place from  May 1st to 4th  2015

Sea-life, Sea safety and Fun at the Seaside is to the fore this weekend in Wexford at the Maritime Matters Festival at Hook Lighthouse. The annual Maritime Matters festival kicks off at the oldest operational lighthouse in the world, Hook Lighthouse. The festival showcases the rescue services, fun for all the family, local crafts, live music, children’s workshops, delicious locally produced food and much more. Highlights include a display on the by the Irish Coastguard, exploring the Flora and fauna of Wexford the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group will be on hand to share their expert knowledge of the now annual visits of the Fin and Humpback Whales to the Wexford coastline, Seafood Cookery Demonstrations and much more. For festival details see http://www.visitwexford.ie

World's oldest operational Lighthouse - Hook Head in Wexford

 

ZorroFest takes to the streets of Wexford from  May 2nd to 4th2015

Zorrofest takes place in Wexford town from May 2nd to 4th 2015, celebrating the life and legend of a real-life ‘Irish Zorro’ 17th-century Wexford-man William Lamport. ‘Wexicans’ are celebrating both fiction and amazing history this May bank holiday weekend, with a festival in honour of both man and myth at Zorrofest!  This festival for the whole family celebrates all things Mexican with a programme of family fun events set to take to the streets of Wexford. This year the festival celebrates the 400th anniversary of William Lamport and also the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Ireland. For festival details see http://www.visitwexford.ie

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Visit Wexford Tourism Information and Networking Event to Launch Season


Visit Wexford Tourism are set to host a free tourism information event on Monday, April 20th at 10am at Whites of Wexford.

The event is open to the tourism industry, the business industry, retail sector and any individual with an interest in driving tourism in Wexford.

The event will unveil the brand new Visit Wexford television advertisement which is set to air on RTE and TV3 for 6 weeks in the lead into the Summer holiday period. The thirty-second TV advert will be the first of it’s kind to air promoting Wexford as a number one choice for a holiday in Ireland; the advert has been voiced by a very famous Wexford Ambassador and TV personality Dermot O’Leary.

The event will also detail the other extensive Marketing campaign activities, which have been devised to promote the county nationally and internationally this year through a significant campaign which has been jointly funded by Wexford County Council and the tourism industry in Wexford. This campaign also includes a number of national radio competitions set to take place along with a multi-site billboard campaign at high traffic areas in Dublin and Cork Cites along with a new Visit Wexford welcome billboard at Rosslare Port.  Wexford will also feature extensively on the TV national events guide and a brand new brochure promoting Wexford will be hosted at over 500 locations across Dublin, the Southeast and at Dublin Airport, Waterford Airport and the Ferry Ports.

Commenting on the upcoming event Chairperson of Visit Wexford Bettie Marie Burger-Smit said, “We hope to see lots of faces at this event, everyone is welcome to join this information briefing.In Wexford we are all actually already involved in the tourism business as we all have an impact on every individual tourists experience while they are here; be it when they are visiting a local attraction or when they asking directions on the street, it is during those experiences where we all contribute to the overall tourism experience and the friendliness of visiting Wexford. On social media whether people are aware of it or not how we showcase Wexford when online is also important to note. We hope that everyone interested can come along and join in this really positive sales campaign for Wexford.”

The free tourism information and networking event programme will feature a number of speakers from the tourism industry, the team from Visit Wexford will also detail how interested parties can capitalize on and engage with the Wexford tourism brand and a workshop on cross-selling will also be hosted.

Commenting on the upcoming event the Wexford tourism officer Siobhan O’Neill said, “We are delighted to host this tourism information and Networking Event. It is an opportunity for everyone to pull together and coordinate our tourism efforts and messages for the season and have a much great impact as a massed group rather than individual efforts. We have a very exciting campaign to promote Wexford across a variety of media outlets for 2015 and beyond and we look forward to welcoming everyone interested in promoting Wexford to this event on April 20th.”

Visit Wexford was officially formed in 2011 and has been promoting Wexford town and county as a tourism destination since the official launch of visitwexford.ie in May 2011. Since then the profile of Wexford has been invested in by Wexford County Council, Wexford stakeholders and Failte Ireland through the promotion of visitwexford.ie which achieves approximately 12,000 visitors per month and is supported by a full social media campaign and offline PR communications. The brand also hosts a free smart phone app, both the app and the website offer all businesses in Wexford an opportunity for listing and hosts a free event guide listing for all festival and event organiser’s.

For further details on the Visit Wexford event email hello@visitwexford.ie

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Easter Monday Commemoration 2015 at Enniscorthy


Enniscorthy Municipal District in conjunction with Wexford County Council invites you to attend the 99th anniversary of the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy. The annual Easter Monday commemoration which has been held in Enniscorthy for almost the last 50 year will take place on 6th April 2015 and pave the way for the next years Easter 2016 Centenary celebrations.

Enniscorthy is remembered as the only town outside of Dublin to rise in Easter 1916. For four days the town was controlled by local Irish Volunteers and Cumman na mBan members, while the tricolour flew over the Athenaeum. Meanwhile, a second column of Volunteers began proceeding northwards to relive their beleaguered comrades in Dublin, liberating the villages of Ferns and Camolin in the process. Enniscorthy also holds the accolade of being the last location in Ireland to surrender on Easter 1916, only doing so after receiving direct orders from proclamation signatory Padraig Pearse.

This year’s Easter Monday Commemoration begin at 10am with a commemorative mass celebrated in St. Aidan’s Cathedral. Following mass a 1916 parade led by members of the Irish Defence Forces will assemble at St. Aidans Cathedral, march through the town and finish Market Square. The sacrifices and significant achievements of all Wexford people who fought in the 1916 rising will be remembered with a special ceremony in Market Square. Events include, reading of The Proclamation, sounding the Last Post, playing the National Anthem and laying wreaths in memory of all Wexford people who participated in the 1916 Rising.

Following the ceremony re-enactment groups from all across Ireland will converge on Market Square to re-create a 1916 era Battle. Re-enactors dressed in Irish Volunteers and Cumman na mBan uniforms will lead an assault on an RIC Barracks defended by members of the Royal Irish Constabulary. Spectators will experience the sights and sounds of battle as history comes to life on the streets of Enniscorthy and is an event not to be missed.

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10 Family Fun things to do in Wexford this Easter


There are a host of family fun events on offer this Easter in Wexford… all of our things to do in Wexford details are listed here… http://www.visitwexford.ie/attractions/see-and-do

This Easter break make the most of your family time together and enjoy some of these 10 things to see and do in Wexford.

Wells House and Gardens

Waiting to be explored is Wells House & Gardens, a great Victorian House and Gardens just outside Ballyedmond, Wexford. Visit Wells House & Gardens this Easter weekend to enjoy some fun activities along with our great attractions including two woodland walks, restored terrace gardens, adventure playground, a visit to the Craft Courtyard, meet new furry friends in the Irish Wildlife Sanctuary or learn more of the history of this beautiful home on a house tour!

On Friday April 3rd enjoy food themed arts & craft sessions for your little ones where they will create a take home seasonal treat! Easter Saturday two puppet shows are on offer ” A Bad Egg” & “The Naughty Step” at 2pm & 3.30pm * An Easter Treasure Hunt takes place on Easter Sunday with each child receiving a chocolate reward if they solve the clues! (booking not necessary)

wells house

Hook Lighthouse & Visitor Centre

Hook Lighthouse, the oldest operational lighthouse in the World.

Guided tours take you through the lighthouse with fascinating insights, stories and facts of this unique building.

Enjoy the spectacular view from the balcony.

Visitor Centre located in the former keepers houses where there is a first class gift shop and café and bakery, our friendly staff are happy to help with any tourist information you require.

Relax by the Sea with a coffee and homemade scone and keep an eye out for seals dolphins and even whales! In clear weather you can see for miles and in a storm the spray often reaches the top of the lighthouse!

Hook

Kilmokea Gardens

The Grand Reopening of Kilmokea Gardens invites everyone to their free reopening event on Easter Saturday 4th April from 2-5pm. The unveiling of the Fairy Village in the woodland garden, the launch of  ‘The Myrtle Wood’ children’s story where Mr & Mrs Hedgehog and Freddie Fox await the arrival of the children to tell their story!

To depict the historical influence of Kilmokea, a Viking settlement and a Norman Motte & Baily have been created. All these great new additions will create the perfect day out for everybody.

Kilmokea

Secret Valley Wildlife Park

Fourteen acres of fun-filled adventures await you at Secret Valley Wildlife Park near Clonroche, Co Wexford! From bottle-feeding the hungry kid goats, to riding Snowball the pony lots of fun is on offer. Each day is packed with loads of fun events. If you like a challenge, you can join in our adventure hunts or go wild in the large outdoor and new indoor play areas. You can also play crazy golf throughout the day.

Duncannon Fort

A star shaped fortress on an important promontory was built in 1558 in the expectation of an attack on the area by the Spanish Armada. The Fort is surrounded by a 30 ft high dry moat and has one of the oldest lighthouses of its kind in Ireland. All the major buildings in the Fort surround a parade ground. A walk around the outer ramparts afford spectacular views across the estuary to Co. Waterford and down to Hook Head in Wexford.

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Dunbrody Abbey and Maze

Dunbrody Abbey was founded in 1170 on the instructions of Strongbow, by Herve de Montmorency (his uncle), after the Norman invasion of Ireland.

With the historic Abbey, the Tea Rooms and Craft Shop for those wishing to relax, as well as the Maze/Pitch & Putt for the more actively minded, this location is extremely popular with visitors of all ages. Set in a rural area the Visitor Centre has an atmosphere of tranquillity.

Dunbrody Maze

Morriscastle Beach

Bring it back to basics with family picnic or a good old beach trek, an where better to do that than at Morriscastle beach the longest single stretch of beach in Europe which runs for 20 kilometeres! It is literally miles and miles of soft sand and bordered by a sheltering dune system, this is an ideal beach for children to play.

Morriscastle beach

Kia Ora Mini Pet Farm

Kia Ora Mini farm is a family run open pet farm in Gorey, Co. Wexford. It is a safe place for children to roam, to learn and to hold and feed animals of the usual farmyard variety and some more exotic such as llamas, emus, alpacas, pot bellied pigs, chinchillas. parrots and scotish highland and for adults to relax.

In the Kia Ora farm shed they have a fantastic selection of birds and animals and it’s indoors so no matter what the weather is like you and your family can come and have fun and see all the cute little animals in the barn such as rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs and mice.

Courtown Adventure and leisure centre

Your extreme adventure high ropes coursestarts at the Courtown Adventure & Leisure Centre. Enjoy a High Ropes Course including Aerial Trekking, a Climbing Wall, an Extreme Leap of Faith a Dual Zip Line or Laser Tag!

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Oldcourt Stables and Riding School

Oldcourt Stables and Riding School is set in the beautiful woodlands of Oldcourt, New Ross. Oldcourt riding school offers everything for the horse-lover: riding lessons, showjumping, cross country or trekking. Friendly, family-run riding school that is are open all year round. They offer a large all-weather arena and treks through beautiful lanes, woods and farmland. The treks cater for both beginners and advanced riders of all ages.

For details on everything to see and do and places to stay this Easter in Wexford see http://www.visitwexford.ie

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Wexford set to host multiple parades including Ireland’s Only ‘Beach Parade’ this St. Patrick’s Day


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 even on a beach in Wexford.

Duncannon beach will host the country’s only Beach Parade this St. Patrick’ Day.  The parade will start outside the Star of the Sea church in Duncannon at 12noon travelling down the Main Street and from there it will go onto the beach and travel down Duncannon beach. The parade will be made up of local scouts, girl guides, and local sporting clubs with prizes on offer for the best walking float and the best business float. Entertainment will be on offer after the parade with a beach party set to take place, family fun events will be on offer with music, games and entertainment. 

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Pictured at the beach parade in Wexford is Duncannon’s Parish Priest Fr. Nolan in a tricolour wig and shamrock Elton John shades aboard one of the best vintage tractors, the 2015 parade will take place at 12 pm on St. Patrick’s Day at Duncannon Beach. For further details on St. Patrick’s Day in Wexford see http://www.visitwexford.ie – Photograph Mark Graham 

One of the oldest parades in the country will continue its tradition in Wexford town; starting back in 1917 and continued until the outbreak of world war two. In 1946 the parade was re-started.  This year the parade will commence at 11am from the junction at Fisher’s Rowe, William’s Street and weave it’s way through the town to pass the reviewing stand at the Quay Front adjacent to the Bridge. This year’s parade will see many floats and numerous marching bands and will be one of the country’s best parades. 

In Gorey the St Patrick’s Day Parade at 3pm, commencing from the Monument on Main Street lead by grand Marshall Margaret Cooper. There will be music at the Market House from 2.00pm along with fringe events including ‘Tug o War’ and ‘Barman’s race’. Entertainment and prize giving will take place on Esmonde Street directly after the Parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Enniscorthy will take place on Tuesday, 17th March. The Parade will be led by the Army Reserve Colour Party the marching groups will set off from St. Senan’s Parish Church at 3.00 pm. The floats and vehicles will join the parade on The Promenade. There will be lots of entertainment on offer in the Market Square at 2.00 pm with music, dance, and children’s entertainment and free face painting.

 

The New Ross town St. Patrick’s Day parade will get underway from 2pm travelling from Irishtown down the town’s quayside to the viewing platform at the Dunbrody visitor centre. Filled with marching bands, floats and entertainers it’s one not to be missed.

For further details on St. Patrick’s Day in Wexford see http://www.visitwexford.ie

St Patrick's Day in Wexford

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Will Wexford Feature in Ireland’s First National Tourism Awards?


Local tourism businesses encouraged to compete for an ‘ITA’

Businesses from across Wexford are being encouraged to participate in the Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2015 – the first ever national scheme to identify and celebrate those leading lights that are making a difference in the tourism industry and actively contributing to recent growth in the sector.

The Irish Tourism Industry Awards – dubbed the ‘ITAs’ – seek to identify those players in the tourism sector who have made a difference and are setting an example for the rest of the industry.

Encouraging businesses in Wexford to get involved, Eamonn McKeon CEO of the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation said:

 

“With these new awards, we now have a high-profile platform to sing the praises of local tourism high achievers.  We are looking to identify those who set the standard for others in the industry to aim for, with their achievements serving as ‘lessons’ in how to get things right. I am more than confident that Wexford is well placed to provide such examples.”

Tourism businesses throughout the country and overseas are being invited to apply and submit their examples under 11 different categories (see editor’s note for more detail) by Monday 16th February. The Irish Tourism Industry Award winners will ultimately be announced at an Awards Event on 24th April 2015.

 Mr McKeon continued –

 “I look forward to many great applications from Wexford, to compete with their tourism peers and raise the profile of the great work going on in the county.”

  

Full details of the awards and application process are available at www.irishtourismindustryawards.ie

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A Wonderful Walk in Wexford


The vast majority of Wexford’s coastline is made up of sandy beaches and coves, particularly north of Wexford town starting off with Curracloe, the jewel of Wexford beaches, and stretching to Kilgorman and Courtown at the very north tip of the county (Courtown on YouTube).  To the south of Wexford town, Carne is fantastic for wildlife (particularly bird watching), and Kilmore, Rosslare, Dunncannon all prepare you for the dramatic Hook Peninsula.

Inland, the county’s woodland offers unparalleled scenery whilst urban walks allow you to dip into Wexford’s rich heritage.  There are two professional walking tour operators in Wexford – Wexford Walking tours and Southeast Costal Walks.

Carrickbyrne Hill
Carrickbyrne Hill is a historic and scenic 5km long forest trail with multiple viewing points.  The hard volcanic outcrop that resisted the weathering process now stands out on the rather flat landscape. The rocks were formed during a period of volcanic activity about 400 million years ago.  Carrickbyrne Hill was once part of the Jeffares Estate. The oak wood is known locally as ‘Camp Field’.  During the 1798 rebellion the insurgents gathered here before marching towards New Ross.
The trees are mainly coniferous – an international gathering, with representatives from Europe and North America including Douglas fir from Vancouver, Japanese larch from the east and native Scots pine. You will also find oak, beech, ash, rowan, and Spanish chestnut.  On the trail through the forest one might spot a fox, rabbit, hare or hear the blackbird and thrush.  Laurel, bramble and heather form the main ground cover of the wood.

Location: Carrigbyrne Hill, New Ross, Co. Wexford
W: http://www.discoverireland.ie/Arts-Culture-Heritage/carrickbyrne-hill/8527

Coolmelagh Forest Recreational Area
This recently launched walk takes you through pine and beech forests up to the summit of Gibbet hill.  A number of places on this hill you’ll notice some fine stone walls made out of flattish pieces of rock. In the eighteenth century there was a slate quarry on the hill.  In early May expect to see a carpet of bluebells, thriving quietly away beneath the beech trees.

Location: Bunclody
Sat Nav: 52.6860, -6.5796

Edenvale River and Forest Walk
A short but lovely walk alongside the slow river through woods.  It features an impressive waterfall which offers a haven for keen walkers and nature lovers who relish the natural beauty of the great outdoors.  It is close to the village of Castlebridge where the Guinness book of records was founded in May 1951.

Location: Castlebridge, Wexford
Sat Nav: N: 52.38632  W: -6.46667

Enniscorthy Town Heritage Walk
Enniscorthy was founded by St. Senan in 510.  It is a picturesque town situated on the banks of the River Slaney midway between the Blackstairs Mountains and the sea.  The town is overlooked by the old 1798 historic battle site of Vinegar Hill.  The town’s heritage walk takes in the Duffry Gate, St Aidan’s Cathedral, the Market House/Market Square, the Athenaeum, St Mary’s Church, Enniscorthy Castle and County Museum, Enniscorthy Bridge and The Cotton Tree site, the railway station, Templeshannon, Vinegar Hill, Society of Friends, the fountain, Seamus Rafter Memorial, post office from 1903, Methodist and Presbyterian Church, the National 1798 Rebellion Centre, and the Maltings.

There is an excellent promenade walk by the River Slaney with a children’s playground at the entrance of the walk.

Location: Enniscorthy
Sat Nav: 52.501411,-6.567228

Enniscorthy Town Prom Walk along the River Slaney 
This 6km walk round trip starts close to the Riverside Park Hotel in Enniscorthy on the west side of the River Slaney.  Starting on a concrete path for approx 500m it brings you to the point where the Urrin River joins the Slaney.  A Country Walk can be accessed via a Footbridge (it’s approx 4m high and as such not accessible to wheelchairs or prams/buggies). The 2m wide path is more suited to country walkers and hiking enthusiasts. The gravel path was installed to match the rural landscape with several seats installed alongside. Don’t be too surprised to see some livestock in this rural setting, munching on the grass at several times of the year!

Location: Starting in Enniscorthy Town
Sat Nav: 52.496902,-6.56706

Forth Mountain 3 Rocks Trail
There are a number of car parks and lay-bys in the forest, with numerous walks on the forest road network and paths.  Fine views of the surrounding countryside can be had and on a clear day you can see counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Wicklow and Waterford.

The main tree species in the forest are Sitka spruce, Lodge pole pine and Japanese larch, other flora includes heather, heath and furze.  Some of the animals and birds that can be seen in the forest are woodcock, pheasant, raven and fox.

Location: 8 km SW of Wexford Town on the R733
Sat Nav: 52.30759, -6.58765

Kilbrannish Forest Recreation Area
Close to the summit of Mount Leinster, this area has fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.  There are two official trails of 3km and 5km but much longer walks are possible for those with more energy.

Location: 7km west of Bunclody
W: www.bunclody.net/Kilbranish-web/index.htm
Sat Nav: N: 52.64037  W: -6.74390

Raven Point Nature Reserve Walk
This walk is a real favourite with many Wexford people, running parallel to Curracloe beach and passing through a bright mature pine forest with pine needles cushioning your steps.  The main forest track is fine for strollers and kids will love running and jumping off the dunes and hiding in the fern covered forest.  Continue around the loop or come back by the beach, this is a great walk any time of year with plenty of shelter during the winter.

Further north is Curracloe Beach, which doubled as Omaha beach in the film ‘Saving Private Ryan’.

Location: Raven Point, Curracloe
Sat Nav: 52.38051,  -6.36781

Remember 1798 Walk
This 6 mile walk, starting at the Trading Post Shop and camping site, along the lanes and backroads of rural Wexford follows the route taken by the North Cork Militia to Oulart Hill in 1798.  Walkers and cyclists have the opportunity to view the twelve hectare woodland park designed by Coillte and The Oulart Hill Co-op, visit Fr Murphy’s Well, pass the home of Edward Fitzgerald and take in the magnificent views of County Wexford.  The walk finishes on Oulart Hill at the Tulach a’ tSolais Monument which represents the divide between the old and new world. A local historian is available for guided walks by contacting the camp site in advance.

Sat Nav: 52.45057,-6.39584

Location: Ballaghkeen, Enniscorthy

South East Coastal Walks
Offering panoramic coastal walks in the South East from the Hook, Kilmore Quay, Carnsore Point, St Helens, Rosslare etc.
Our aim is to offer 1.5/2 hr guided relaxed walks with local info on history and flora and fauna, followed by tasty lunch.
Walks and Lunch €20
Walk only €10.
Transport €10 extra from Wexford Tourist Office
Walks on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Private parties also catered for.

W: www.southeastcoastalwalks.ie
T: Catherine +353 86 1508498
E: info@southeastcoastalwalks.ie

Slieveboy Askamore Loop Walk
Three walking loops of 6km, 9km and 12km, ranging from easy to moderate, along laneways and forest roads – perfect for nature lovers. Trail head is located in the car park opposite the parish church in the village of Askamore. The nearest services (teas, toilets etc) are available in the village of Carnew (10km away).

Location: Opposite parish church, Askamore, Gorey.
Sat Nav: N: 52.38632  W: -6.46667

The Wexford Walking Experience

This wonderful historical and anecdotal walking tour of Wexford Town takes place every Wednesday and in all weathers!

When: Every Wednesday from 1st March to 31st October.
Where: Departs from Wexford Tourist Office on Crescent Quay at 1pm.

Duration: 2 hours

Itinerary includes:

Walking Tour – A stroll through the beautiful historic town of Wexford
Wexford Opera House – Enjoy an intimate behind the scenes tour of the stunning Wexford Opera House
Lunch – Enjoy a complimentary light lunch in the Sky View Café at Wexford Opera House
Selskar Abbey – Experience a superb guided tour of this medieval abbey and discover the wonders of this historic gem.
Booking: Wexford Opera House
T: +353 53 9122400. For groups and can tailor made tour bookings call Monica on 086 1079497
W: www.wexfordoperahouse.ie

Wexford Town Heritage Walk
This wonderful walk around the historic town of Wexford takes in Selskar Abbey, John Wesley Methodist Chapel, St Iberius’ Church, Rowe Street Church, The Friary, Bride Street Church, Society of Friends Meeting House, St Patrick’s Church and Graveyard.

Location: Wexford Town
Sat Nav: 52.34143, -6.46550

Wexford Walking Tours
A historical and anecdotal tour of Wexford Town every day ( except Sunday ) from 1st March to 31st October. Departs from Wexford Tourist Office on Crescent Quay at 11am.
Cost €4 per person.  Duration about 90 mins.
“History happened in all weathers and so do our tours”

We also cater for groups and can tailor make tours according to group’s particular interests or mobility levels. Just ring Joanne at 0863526133,  Monica at 0861079497, or Siobhan at 0879175171.

W: www.wexfordwalkingtours.net
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wexford-Walking-Tours/274880679223730

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Festive Fun on offer in Wexford


A brand new forty-day Christmas festival is underway in Wexford until January 6th and visitors are having a thrill at ‘Wexford Winterland’. The outdoor festival taking place at venues across Wexford town features an Ice-Rink on Wexford’s Quayside and a series of event all set to take place as part of ‘Selskar Under the Stars’.

The ‘Selskar under the Stars’ programme of entertainment commences from December 12th, festivalgoers can enjoy a series of music gigs, orchestral performances and classic Christmas movies at Selskar Square. A glass dome roof will be fitted over the square, to form a unique and special venue in the heart of Wexford town. Enjoy music with Mick Flannery to Corner Boy, The Strypes, the Dublin Gospel Choir and a Wexford Artists Christmas Concert plus more.

Also at the Selskar Square venue is ‘Selskar Family Movies’ set to screen favorites including Frozen, The snowman, Elf, Arthur Christmas and many more. A wonderful new event sees Santa take out his storybook and read some festive tales at ‘Storytime with Santa’. Visitors are invited to come along and help the elves to wake up Santa, then join them in a sing-along! Santa will tell everyone about Christmas at the North Pole, and then read his favourite stories. Sit back and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate as the kids are transported on an astonishing journey of Christmas tales and stories

A wonderful Festive log cabin Market takes over The Bullring in the centre of Wexford town featuring a craft market. The traditionally decorated wooden cabins showcase a diverse range of crafts produced by artists from Wexford’s Craft Trail members.

Join in the wondrous festive fun in New Ross as Nollaig 2014 offers a programme of events for all the family.  Enjoy Christmas parades, Fancy Dress, Random Acts of Kindness, Christmas Bazaars, Christmas craft fairs, Pantomimes, Treasure Hunts, a Santa’s Workshop, Dunbrody Santa’s World Experience, Christmas Cook Offs, Christmas concerts, celebrations, pantomimes, carol singing and lots more.

A Great Victorian Christmas is on offer at Wells House where Santa Claus will be in the great hall and visit the elf workshop, help Mrs Claus with her preparations for Santa then visit the man himself in the Great Hall of Wells House and Gardens December 6 to 23.  Santa will also be nipping over to the Irish National Heritage Park each weekend from December 6th to December 21st and along to the beautiful Johnstown Castle to celebrate Christmas on 13 and 14 and 20 and 21 of December plus he will be in residence at Kia Ora Mini Farm and Wexford Arts Centre.

For further details on Christmas in Wexford see www.visitwexford.ie

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First Wexford Winterland Festival Kicks off with Festive Parade to light up the Streets of Wexford


The biggest Christmas Festival ever seen in Wexford gets underway this weekend as Wexford Winterland will commence across the town. A host of attractions and events will captivate and entertain locals and visitors alike. This Saturday, November 29th at 4pm, the streets of Wexford will be filled with festive light, music and colour when the Winterland Parade winds its way along the Main Street.

Santa Claus will lead the Parade in his Spectacular Sleigh, and he has brought his Post Box with him for all your Santa letters. So bring along your letters and Santa’s helpers will put them in the Post Box for you, and Santa will check them all when he gets back to the North Pole!

And Santa has brought a visitor with him from the North Pole, the beautiful Ice Maiden in her Icy Throne. She is joining Santa in the Parade, along with her icy band of helpers andlong with Old King Coal who is hoping to beat Santa in the race to turn on the Lights, helped by his Polar Explorers, Penguins and Polar Bears… Who will win the race? Make sure to be in the Bullring at 5pm to cheer on Santa, and boo Old King Coal!

The Winterland Parade starts in South Main Street at 4pm, and will travel to The Bull Ring, where the Festive Lights will be turned on at 5pm.

Wexford on Ice will also open, a beautiful real Ice Rink on Wexford’s Quayside will be open for pros and novices alike. A new attraction ‘Selskar Under the Stars’ is set to open on December 12th offering a unique setting to enjoy the best music, movies and family events inlcuding music gigs with Mick Flannery, Corner Boy and The Strypes, and family movie sceenings of include The Snowman, Arthur Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street and Home Alone.

The Wexford Winterland Box Office is open at 1 North Main Street for further details see www.visitwexford.ie

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A beautiful image of Christmas in Wexford by Ger Dwyer

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