60 Events on offer across Wexford for National Heritage Week


National Heritage Week takes place from August 20th to 28th

Right across Wexford enjoy a combination of events from historical tours to Archeology, to exhibitions to Bugs and Butterflies to expert talks and tales.

Heritage Week has lots of activities for all ages, but are there Heritage activities to suit teenagers? The answer is yes, of course! or If you’re interested in finding out more about our natural heritage and Irish wildlife this Heritage Week? There are lots of events to help you get acquainted. Catch and identify butterflies, ladybirds and other insects in the grounds of the WWR Visitor Centre in Wexford. Find out more about Ireland’s sea life and join people all over the country for Whale Watch Ireland on Saturday 27 August or discover Ireland’s Great Barrier Coast in Wexford. – See more at: http://www.heritageweek.ie/news/going-wild-heritage-week#sthash.gGBVEFyJ.dpuf

Check out the 20 page guide of events all taking place across Wexford for National Heritage Week 2016

http://www.heritageweek.ie/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/hw-wexford.pdf

 

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Thrills and Spills at Irish Kite Surfing Championships in Wexford


Duncannon Beach in County Wexford is home to the Irish National Kite Surfing Championships, which will take place during Hooked Kite Fest this August 13 and 14.

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The Irish Kite-surfing Association and Hooked Kite-surfing host the Championships on Duncannon Beach and spectators can look forward to seeing the skills from the very best junior, female and male riders from across Ireland and the globe as they compete over the weekend in a series of course racing and freestyle events.

Over 50 kite-surfers will compete in the men’s, women’s and junior (under 18’s) categories demonstrating their skills, airs and speed in a series of Course racing and Hang-time competitions over the weekend and there is still space for competitors to pre-register at iksa.ie. The President and Vice-President of the IKSA will judge the Kite-Surfer skills during the competition.

According to organiser Kite Surfer Niall Roche says Duncannon Beach is a spot that never fails to deliver to action and excitement for kitesurfing,We are busy gearing ourselves up for Wexford’s 7th Annual Hooked Kitefest. We are delighted to have the IKSA involved in the competition side of things, following a massively successful of the watercharge in 2015 , we cannot wait for it, it has been a fantastic summer for kitesurf condtions so far at Duncannon so we are hoping conditions remain as steady for the competition weekend.  The event offers an array of activities for young and old alike. With live outdoor music and DJ on the beach and kids activities it guarantees to be a fun packed weekend on the beach and the competitions will run on Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm.”

The Hooked Kite Fest also offers a host of free family fun and entertainment for landlubbers, including water zorbing, archery, face painting, kids’ power kite lessons and much more. There’ll also be a festival BBQ and beach party.  For a full programme of see visitwexford.ie

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30th annual Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival opens this weekend


30th annual Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival opens this weekend

The 30th annual Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival will take place on Duncannon Beach in County Wexford this weekend from Friday, August 5th to Sunday, August 7th.

An action packed family festival with fun events on the beautiful Duncannon beach offers fireworks, and Family Beach Party, Beach games, Live music and awesome professional Sand Sculptures plus a range of free activities and entertainment.

Professional Sand-sculptors will be onsite creating giant sand-sculpted masterpieces and the festival will kick off on Friday with the Grand Unveiling of the Sand Sculptures in the now Familiar Tent on the beach, A giant Family beach party with Music from DJ Noel, plenty of Children’s entertainment and a huge Fireworks display after dark lighting up the Hook Peninsula.
Festivities will recommence on Saturday with the Sand Sculpture Tent open all day from 10am, there will be plenty of fun games for all the family to join in on the beach, this will include for the first time Irelands biggest Water Fight on a beach, Water balloons will be provided for a small fee and everyone can join in.   There will be a visit from the Barrack Street Band playing some fantastic tunes on the green.

The family fun continues on Sunday with the Annual Amateur Sand Sculpting Competition – this competition is open to all ages and ability and best Sand Sculpture wins.  There will also be a Live DJ on the green followed by an outdoor movie screening.

 

For further details on the festival see www.visitwexford.ie

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Festivals Galore this August Bank Holiday in Wexford


Gorey Market House Festival to Rock Wexford with Free Music Concerts this August Bank Holiday

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A weekend filled with free music concerts from artists including Seo Linn, Paddy Casey and Cry Before Dawn plus an action packed programme of family events is on offer at the eighth annual Gorey Market House Festival in Wexford this August Bank Holiday weekend.

The first of three open air concerts for the festival gets underway on July 29th with Seo Linn taking to the stage, on Saturday, July 30th Cry Before Dawn return to their Wexford roots and on Sunday, July 31st Paddy Casey will take to the stage on Gorey’s Main Street at the carnival atmosphere festival.

Formed in 1982, Cry Before Dawn became one of Ireland best loved bands, their two albums “Crimes Of Conscience” and Witness For The World” went double platinum and they developed a reputation for being one of Ireland’s most passionate live bands. They have strong Wexford roots and are excited to return to Wexford an entertain festival-goers at this free open air gig.

The Gorey Market House Festival is a vibrant mix of music, family fun, traditional and vintage markets, busking, food and crafts. Saturday boasts an action packed family fun day in Gorey Town Park, street theatre, magicians, stilt walkers, Kia Ora Mini farm, Pirates Cove Train, soccer, tag rugby, arts and crafts, face painting, live music and children’s cartoon characters.

Sunday offers a craft, vintage and artisan food market on Gorey’s Main Street so visitors can enjoy a real market town experience which includes live animals, vintage steam engines and great displays of local craft and food. Visitors can also enjoy art exhibitions at various locations throughout the town.

Rock N Roll at the Enniscorthy Rockin Food Fest

Enniscorthy Rock ‘n’ Roll Town Festival and Enniscorthy Food Festival now create the unique experience of a Rockin’ Food Festival  in Ennicorthy county, Wexford.

Food and music lovers will enjoy a plethora of fabulous entertainment for families, Rock ‘n’ Roll enthusiasts along with the best of Irish food, craft and design from July 29th to 31st July 2016.

Enniscorthy Rock ‘n’ Roll Town Festival is based on 1950s Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rockabilly and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues music and attracts visitors to the town from all over Ireland and across Europe. There is fun for all the family in the square with children’s carousel, face painting, balloon makers and an outdoor screened movie. 

 To keep energy levels up punters can enjoy a tapas trail, celebrity Chef cookery demonstrations and tastings with Chef Edward Hayden, a locally produced craft beer and cider exhibition along with a showcase of a variety of local produce and crafts from Wexford and beyond. 

Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival offers an extensive FREE events programme with a choice of over 40 free events on offer, including live music gigs all weekend, Artisan Food, Craft and Beer Markets, Outdoor movie screenings, a Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea Party, Treasure Hunt, Magician & Punch and Judy Shows, Junior 1798 Rebel March, Ancient East Story telling and lots more.

The 1950’s trend will be to the fore with Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rockabilly and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues music and dancing on offer and keeping to the 1950’s trend and being the hometown of one Colm Toibin outdoor screenings of the movie ‘Brooklyn’ will also take place.

 

Pirates and Strongmen descend on Hook Lighthouse this August Bank Holiday

The world’s oldest working Lighthouse ‘Hook Lighthouse’ in county Wexford is set to host an August bank holiday festival with a difference this year as some of Ireland’s leading ‘Strongman’ competitors descend on the 800 year old lighthouse tower to compete for the title of the ‘Hook Strongman 2016’.

Over 15 competitors from all the around the country including the previous republic of Ireland strongest man, Italy’s strongest man and world-class power lifters will take part on Sunday, July 31st. Spectators will enjoy a series of six different gruelling challenge events including a keg toss, Atlas stone lifting and loading races in the challenge.

 Alongside the serious display of strength Hook Lighthouse is ensuing there is plenty of seaside and piratey fun on offer for all the family. Raggedy pirates from all over the peninsula take part in pirate battles for coveted traaasure.

 Free family fun lawn games will also be on offer for kids and adults alike with a weekend Barbeque with music and entertainment.

 For further details on all of the August Bank Holiday fun  see http://www.visitwexford.ie

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival and Food Festival join forces to create a Rock’in Food Festival in Wexford this August Bank Holiday


Enniscorthy Rock ‘n’ Roll Town Festival and Enniscorthy Food Festival have joined forces to bring create the unique experience of a Rockin’ Food Festival and welcome thousands of visitors this August bank holiday in Enniscorthy, Wexford.

 

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Repro Free from Rock’in Food Festival Launch – Celebrity Chef Edward Hayden arrived to a street full of umbrella’s to launch the Enniscorthy Rock’in Food Festival which is ready to welcome thousands of visitors to enjoy over 40 free events this August Bank Holiday weekend. See http://www.visitwexford.ie – Pictured are Mickey Mouse , Alice from wonderland, Leilah Lopes from Enniscorthy , The Mad Hatter and Minnie Mouse with Celebrity Chef Edward Hayden – Photo Dominick Walsh.

Food and music lovers will enjoy a plethora of fabulous entertainment including Rock ‘n’ Roll along with the best of Irish food, craft and design from July 29th to 31st July 2016.

 

Enniscorthy Rock ‘n’ Roll Town Festival is based on 1950s Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rockabilly and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues music and attracts visitors to the town from all over Ireland and across Europe. There is fun for all the family in the square with children’s carousel, face painting, balloon makers and an outdoor screened movie. 

 

To keep enegry levels up punters can enjoy a tapas trail, celebrity Chef cookery demonstrations and tastings with Chef Edward Hayden, a locally produced craft beer and cider exhibition along with a showcase of a variety of local produce and crafts from Wexford and beyond.

 

Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival offers an extensive FREE events programme with a choice of over 40 free events on offer, including live music gigs all weekend, Artisan Food, Craft and Beer Markets, Outdoor movie screenings, Junior 1798 Rebel March, Ancient East Story telling and lots more. Younger festival goer’s also have some touch choices with Junior Rebel Parade, Treasure Hunt, Mad Hatters Tea Party, Bungee Trampoline, Arts & Crafts, Storytelling & Punch & Judy Shows.

 

The 1950’s trend will be to the fore with Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rockabilly and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues music and dancing on offer and keeping to the 1950’s trend and being the hometown of one Colm Toibin outdoor screenings of the movie ‘Brooklyn’ will also take place.

 

Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival includes so many FREE events you will have to save the date for an action packed weekend full of flavourful fun this August Bank Holiday. For further details see http://www.visitwexford.ie

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Johnstown Castle Open Day


Johnstown Castle, Co. Wexford is opening its doors next week to give the public a glimpse of what has been happening there recently and learn about its exciting plans for the next few years.

Thanks to the generous support of the Government, Teagasc have been able to initiate a project to open up Johnstown Castle and its grounds for more people to enjoy.

The Open Days will give you an opportunity to find out more about the exciting plans for the property.

The Johnstown Castle open day times are as follows

  • Tuesday 19th from 6.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Wednesday 20th from 11.30am – 1.00pm  
  • Wednesday 20th from 2.00pm – 4.00pm 

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First cruise ship in 20 years to visit Wexford


First cruise ship to visit port in twenty years

Port and tourism interests working together to bring more cruise ships to Wexford

 

Rosslare Europort will welcome the Fred Olsen Lines cruise ship MS Braemar this Thursday (14th July) to Co Wexford, as it becomes the first cruise ship to visit the port in twenty years.

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At 195 metres in length, it is also the longest vessel to visit Rosslare Europort, and it is hoped that the visit will be the first of many to promote County Wexford as a cruise destination and area to visit.

 

The visit follows the establishment of a Working Group led by the General Manager Rosslare Europort John Lynch, including representatives of Wexford County Council and Fáilte Ireland and supported by Visit Wexford, which has been working on developing the cruise business at Rosslare.  The group has targeted further expansion of cruise ship business at the port. 

 

Ambassadors, organised by Wexford County Council Tourism, will provide Passengers with tourist and other information. On the quayside, to the accompaniment of live music, samples of local produce will be on display to view and taste.

 

The Braemar calls to Rosslare as part of an 11-day “Closer to the UK and Ireland” itinerary, from Southampton with visits to Dundee, Invergordon, Lerwick, Fingal’s Cave, Dublin, Liverpool, Rosslare Europort and Falmouth.

 

On board will be 780 Passengers and 380 crew, many of whom will undertake pre-arranged excursions throughout the Wexford Region to Tintern Abbey, Wells House, Kilmore Quay, the Irish National Heritage Park and the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross.

 

General Manager of Rosslare Europort John Lynch said: “We are delighted to welcome the MS Braemar to Rosslare this week. We are fortunate at Rosslare that not only do we have the capacity to operate as a busy commercial port, but we are also situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty and rich cultural heritage and I believe that there will be many more Cruise Ships that will want to explore the wonders of Wexford and the South East.”

Commenting on the arrival of the the Braemar Siobhan O’Neill, Tourism Officer at Wexford County Council said, “We are delighted to welcome the Braemar to Wexford. We have been working hard with the team at Rosslare Europort to build an exciting Wexford based itinerary for the 850 guests who arrive into Rosslare to ensure that we showcase all that Wexford has to offer during their touring time. They will visit take a panoramic drive through Wexford and visit Tintern Abbery and Colclough Walled Gardens, Wells House and Gardens, Kilmore Quay and the Dunbrody Famine Ship and many other amenities while they are here.

It is important that we ensure the guests and the cruise line enjoy a wonderful warm Wexford experience and that they see first hand the wonders that Wexford has to offer. Work is continuing with the collaborative group on building the Cruise business to Wexford; we have a very strong offering particularly within Ireland’s Ancient East and we aim to capitalise on this as much as possible.” Siobhan concluded.

MS Braemar is due to dock on Thursday at 08.30hrs, departing at 16.30hrs.

 

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Enjoy a day out at the Bannon & Rathangan Show


Now in its 67th Year and rich in tradition, the Bannow & Rathangan Show continues to showcase all that is good within our community.   This show which is a one day event, takes place on the second Thursday in July, each year at Killag, Duncormick, Co. Wexford.

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The many attractions on our 100 acre site are enjoyed by the thousands who visit each year.   We can count ourselves fortunate to be able to hold the event in such a beautiful part of Ireland, indeed a beautiful part of the world in our picturesque south east, Ireland’s “hidden gem” as some have described it. And each and every person involved, whether directly through participation, sponsorship or exhibiting, or in just attending and sharing in the fun of the occasion, should quite rightly feel proud of what is achieved with the show given its importance in the community and for visitors to the region each year. You are all very welcome, whether it’s your first visit to the show or the next in very many. With the extensive programme of events, there is something for everyone. Together we can make this event better than ever…

The event now attracts some 15,000 visitors over the course of the day, with help and support from an army of volunteers that can grow to as many as 500 all accounted for as proceedings unfold. Without the support of each and every person the event would simply not exist in its present guise, for which we are extremely proud and appreciative of, as well as for the support of our many sponsors – both old and new – and the many trade stands set to exhibit.

There is something for everyone to see and do! With highlights including:

  • 3 Year Old Horse All-Ireland Championship Final
  • Grand Prix Show Jumping
  • Horse, Pony and Donkey show classes, Dressage
  • Cattle, Sheep, Goat, Poultry and Pet classes
  • Dog Show 2pm
  • Sheep Dog Trials
  • Business & Craft Marquee
  • The Food Village, showcasing the best of Irish foods
  • 300 Trade Stands – something to suit everyone
  • Cookery Demonstrations
  • County Wexford Secondary Schools Cook Off 2016
  • Live music and live South East Radio broadcast
  • Home Industry – cookery, crafts, flowers, jams, farm produce, vegetables & photography
  • Puppet show “Mr Cool” and Amusements
  • Fashion Show by Wallace’s of Wellingtonbridge
  • Vintage Display
  • An extra special céad míle fáilte to all our overseas visitors, in conjunction with the Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative 2016
  • All culminating with the exciting Inter Hunt Chase

All the ingredients for a fun day out for all the family!

http://www.visitwexford.ie/events/bannow-and-rathangan-show

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Kennedy Summer School… 8th, 9th and 10th of September – Save the date!


First announcements from the 2016 Kennedy Summer School

The Kennedy Summer School is billed as ‘A Festival of Irish and American, History, Politics and Culture’, and 2016 is set to be a dramatic year on all three of these fronts, and on both sides of the Atlantic. The Summer School have put together a very exciting programme for this year’s event, full details of which will be announced in the coming weeks. With close to 40 guest speakers participating over three days on a wide range of different topics; there should be something for all.

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At this stage the Kennedy Summer School are publishing the poster for the event, which gives a few hints regarding the topics up for discussion; the US Presidential Election will obviously feature prominently. They’re currently busy gathering leading contributors from the U.S. and Ireland for what they are describing as, “ The Strongest Panel on U.S. Politics Ever Assembled in Ireland”, a panel that will include numerous special sessions on the anticipated Trump V Hillary battle.

On the evening of September 8th, the ‘Kennedy Summer School’ will be opened by the American Ambassador, Kevin O’Malley. The guest of honour and keynote speaker for the Summer School will be the former Governor of Maryland and Democratic Presidential Contender, Martin O’Malley. The Garda Commissioner, Noreen O’Sullivan will be interviewed for this year’s ‘Kennedy Summer School Interview’. They are also assembling an impressive panel on the impact of the 2016 Irish election, and on whether there is really anything “New” about our “ New Politics”. The Dunganstown Tea Party is also returning this year, and will feature a number celebrity chefs and other special guests. Other Irish guests include; Ann Doyle, Charlie Bird, Larry Donnelly, Colm O’Gorman, Tony Bates and many more. Watch kennedysummerschool.ie  for further details.

The Summer School is being held, as usual, in New Ross and its environs, over a 3 day period, Thursday 8th , Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of September, 2016. Tickets will be available from July 1st! So, help spread the word, among your family, friends, colleagues, group members and anyone else who you think may wish to attend or give the festival a mention on Twitter or Facebook and other social networks.

If you would like to be one of the first to know what’s coming up for the Kennedy Summer School this year, join the mailing list by emailing: karen@kennedysummerschool.ie

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Ireland’s Fourth of July Celebrations unveiled for Irish America Festival


Ireland’s Fourth of July Celebrations unveiled for Irish America Festival

 

Giant Celebration of Star and Stripes planned for New Ross this July Fourth Weekend

 

Ireland’s answer to the traditional U.S. Fourth of July holiday celebrations lies in New Ross County Wexford. Festivalgoers can celebrate the birth of the U.S. nation with three days filled with fun activities on offer for all the family from July 1st to 4th 2016.

 

The hometown of one of America’s most well known families, the Kennedy family is planning a giant celebration of the stars and stripes with an Irish flavour.

 

Launching the 2016 festival programme one of the organisers Teresa Delaney said, “We are delighted to unveil our Irish America Festival events programme for 2016. Annually we welcome lots of American residents and visitors from all across Ireland who are eager to celebrate their traditional holiday along with Irish holidaymakers looking to join in the fun. It’s a very unique event in Ireland as the only official ‘July Fourth’ festival and it is of course very fitting here in New Ross with our very special connections with the U.S.”

 

Festival highlights include a main stage with music from multi platinum artists The High Kings, Paddy Casey, Big Generator, Special Brew and a Daft Punk and very fittingly an Elvis Presley tribute act.

 

Alongside the superb music programme A ‘Ross Food and Craft Fest’ will also be on offer daily from 10am to 6pm where visitors can meander the Quayside and enjoy a taste of local produce and exclusive craft creations.

 

On Sunday July 3rd a wonderful ‘Picnic in the Park’ will be on offer from 2pm to 6pm. Families are invited to come along and enjoy games and entertainment and of course bring a picnic.  The very popular ‘South Street Al Fresco’ is back, on Saturday 2nd July from 12 noon until 5pm. Ireland’s travelling marionette string puppet theatre from Moon & Sixpence.

 

An exciting new addition to the festival will see a time capsule, which has been collated by local school children buried on Sunday, July 3rd; it is planned that the capsule will be re-opened in 2066.

 

Activities and entertainment will be on offer across the town for the weekend including a Funfair Carnival at the Town Park, a Chilli Challenge and Pie eating competition and lots more. For all the festival details see www.visitwexford.ie

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FREE TO ISE IMAGE. Launching Ireland’s answer to the traditional U.S. Fourth of July holiday celebration ‘Irish America Festival’ which will take place in New Ross from July 1st to 4th are descendants of President John F. Kennedy Ruth and Grace O’Hanlon age 6 and 7, Aoife Rowe age 3 and Abbie Rowe age 7. Picture: Patrick Browne.

 

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