Aleyna Explores Wexford

For two summers in a row, I found myself in County Wexford, Ireland conducting research on immigrants who migrated from Wexford to Savannah during the famine years. When I wasn’t busy pouring over shipping records and old letters in archives, I had time to explore the area and witness its rich history firsthand. My first stop was the Hook Lighthouse and Peninsula, one of the last glimpses of Ireland many Wexford migrants might have seen before heading to America. After a picnic overlooking the Celtic Sea, I braved the long climb to the top of the lighthouse. The effort was well worth it, even if my legs disagreed—from the top of the lighthouse, I was able to see the beautiful green cliffs that characterize Ireland’s coast, sparkling blue water, and two of my friends hiking down inside of the coast’s rocky crevices even though our professors had specifically told us not to.


But it’s hard to suppress your sense of adventure while in Wexford, especially when there are so many natural wonders to explore. One of my favorite places I visited, somewhere whose grounds I could easily wander for hours, was the Johnstown Castle gardens. Nestled behind a 19th century castle, an architectural spectacle in its own right, are endless garden paths straight out of a fairy tale. While no king or queen inhabit the castle, its grounds are home to equally regal creatures—peacocks. My classmates and I admittedly spent a good portion of our time at the castle marveling at the peacocks and even took photos with them.

In addition to its beauty, Wexford is also overflowing with history. It was the site of the 1798 Rebellion, a war I learned all about at the National 1798 Rebellion Centre in Enniscorthy. I’ve visited this museum twice, and I’d easily go back a third time, for its unique set-up provides an entertaining learning experience. It mixes traditional exhibits with a state-of-the-art 4D film that recreates scenes from the rebellion, putting visitors in the middle of the battle on Vinegar Hill.


The 1798 Rebellion Battlefield of Vinegar Hill overlooking Enniscorthy town in county Wexford.

Learning, of course, was the primary goal of my trips to County Wexford, and neither of them were complete without stops at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience. Because our research focused on immigration, visiting the Dunbrody was particularly useful, as it allowed us to step onboard the kind of ship that would have likely transported Wexfordians to Savannah so long ago. The replica famine ship feels like the real thing: its cramped interior is filled with small bunk beds, tables bearing little nourishment, and a few fake rats that gave my classmates and me a good scare. Reenactors shared personal tales of hardship and survival on the Dunbrody, whisking us right back to the 1850s.


The Emigrant Flame at the Dunbrody Famine Ship, New Ross, Wexford.

The Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience played a huge role in both my trips to Ireland. Not only did we explore the ship, but we also presented our research there. Our colleagues there were always extremely welcoming and receptive of us, which highlights one of my favorite things about Wexford: while I enjoyed both its charm and unique history, I love its people most of all. From the guides at the Rebellion Centre to the groundskeepers at Johnstown Castle, everyone I encountered in Wexford was kind and hospitable, the kind of people who treat strangers like family. Visiting Wexford for the first time felt like an adventure, but going back the second time felt like returning home.

For all you need to know about planning a holiday in Wexford see


 Johnstown Castle, Gardens and Irish Agriculture Museum, Wexford. 





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Santa’s arrival in Wexford this weekend….

This weekend sees the main man of the season arrive in Wexford…. All of the little boys and girls are in for a treat as there are a variety of festive events on offer right across the county.


In Wexford town, the Wexford Winterland Festival returns and opening the festival is the Wexford Winterland Parade and the Turning on of the Christmas Lights which will take place in Wexford town centre this Saturday 26th November at 4:30pm.

Bring your little ones along to see Santa and his merry elves as he travels on his spectacular sleigh through the streets of Wexford! But watch out for Jack Frost and his icy cronies, as he will race to turn on the Christmas lights before Santa. Who will win? Well you will just have to be there to find out! The Parade will travel from Selskar Square along the Main Street, past the Bullring and North Main Street. It will turn down Anne Street and cross over onto the Quay and finish at the Wexford on Ice Rink for the turning on of the Christmas lights. The Parade starts at 4:30pm and the turning on of the lights is at 5pm on the Quay.

In Enniscorthy, take your little ones to Enniscorthy, Co Wexford this Christmas season and treat them to the ultimate magical adventure at Santa’s Enchanted Castle.  Santa and Mrs Claus along with his band of merry little Elves have been busy again this year transforming Enniscorthy Castle into a wondrous Enchanted Castle.

This Saturday, November 26th family and friends are invited to experience the Magic of Christmas with FREE entertainment from 4pm. Stage Event in Enniscorthy’s Market Square with Enniscorthy Superstars Stage Academy headed up by Sharon Clancy & Suzanne O’Leary Santa Claus with friends Rudey the Elf, Jack Frost and guests from “A Quest before Christmas”. Expect lots of fun and games including a crowd game of Pass the Parcel.

In New Ross, ‘New Ross Nollaig’ is un full swing until December 24th. Enjoy FREE KIDDIES MOVIES ….Wexford County Council in association with St. Michael’s Theatre will be putting on two FREE Christmas movies for the kids of New Ross! Throughout Dec check out the SANTA WONDERLAND EXPERIENCE The Santa Wonderland Experience returns to the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience from 3rd December to 23rd December. Meet Santa, Mrs Claus and their elves and some special guests. On Sunday 4th Dec see the FREE SANTA CRUISE & DISCO 4pm on the River Barrow Rosbercon Village Group along with the New Ross Boat Club are bringing Santa down the River Barrow. Santa will meet and greet with kids at New Ross Boat Club. There will be kiddies disco, Christmas carol singing, face painting and lots more!

In Gorey, the town’s lights will be officially switched on in the afternoon on November 26th with stage performances and entertainment from 7pm to 9pm and the ninth annual Gorey Christmas Market will take place on Main Street on Sunday, November 27th from 12 -4pm.

For further details on all of these events see






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Christmas in Wexford is a Fun Festive Extravaganza

Wexford will be wrapped up in the magic of Christmas from November 25th with a 40-day extravaganza of festivities for all the family. Wexford Winterland kicks off with a giant festive parade which will traverse along the bridge and into the town transforming Wexford with a riot of colour, sound and spectacle with scrooge and over 100 festively attired performers from Bui Bolg set to take part and of course the main man himself Santa will be on hand to officially switch on the Christmas lights all on the afternoon of Saturday, November 26th.


Festivities will be in full flow with a magically located Ice Rink and Christmas trees set against the backdrop of Wexford Harbour featuring a stunning lightshow. The captivating Christmas Express Train will trundle through the towns twinkling light streets and offers an enchanting experience for young and the not so young.


The Bullring is considered to be the beating heart of Wexford Town. For hundreds of years, the area has been home to a bustling market place, the log cabins inside the marketplace will feature a variety of traditional Christmas gifts. All in all, the marketplace has changed very little since it was first built back in 1877.  The area will also be home to an enchanting outdoor movie venue where classic Christmas movies will be shown on the big screen while the audience enjoys hot chocolate, crepes, and mulled wine. The Bull Ring also hosts a number of free music events during the festive period.


A Christmas festival would be nothing without the man himself and the 13th-century

Enniscorthy Castle is being transformed into Santa’s Enchanted Castle from November 24th to December 23rd. Families can venture through the magical Santa’s Enchanted Castle, exploring the Noisy Elves Workshop and Magical Time Machine which has been transported all the way from the North Pole.  Visit Santa’s Post Box to post your letter and sneak a peek at the Elves’ and Santa’s bedroom and sample some yummy treats from Mrs Claus Traditional Sweet Shop.


For the foodies The Happy Pear twins will host a festive cookery evening on December 22nd in Enniscorthy and in the wonderful Johnstown Castle a sumptous festive afternoon tea will take place from December 13th to 15th, Santa will also be in residence at Johnstown during the weekends of December 10th and 11th and the 17th and 18th.


There will be festive food and gift markets open right across the county with wonderful markets in New Ross from November 21st and Santa’s arrival up the River Barrow on the same date, he will also take up residence at the Dunbrody Famine Ship until Christmas Eve. In North Wexford the town’s lights will be officially switched on in the afternoon on November 26th with stage performances and entertianment from 7pm to 9pm and the nineth annual Gorey Christmas Market will take place on Main Street on Sunday, November 27th from 12 -4pm.


For further details on all the fun in Wexford this Christmas see

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Fireworks to light up the skies of Wexford for Opera Opening

The 65th Wexford Festival Opera commences on Wednesday evening, 26th of October with the civic opening ceremony and a wonderful spectacular fireworks display over the Wexford Quayside.


The fireworks display will commence at 7pm however those attending the opening ceremony are advised to arrive early as traffic restrictions will be in place from 6pm to 9pm. Extra parking and stewards will also be on hand to assist.

The opening evening is one of the highlights in Wexford’s calendar of events, especially for children and families. The 65th Wexford Festival Opera runs from Wednesday, 26 October for 12 days.

A dramatic and diverse trio of rarely produced operas will take the mainstage, the festival will open with Herculanum by Félicien David (1810-1876), an epic tale of forbidden love between Pagan royalty and Christian slaves, set against the backdrop and ultimate eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

In addition to the three evening operas, this year’s programme also includes three daytime ShortWorks operas, concerts, lunchtime recitals, lectures, talks, parties, buffets and lunches: 56 events over the 12-day Festival.  There is a range of ticket prices for the evening operas beginning at just €25, while daytime events range from just €10 to €30. Prelude Friends can avail of tickets from €20.

Wexford is festival central this autumn with the Wexford Speigeltent Festival events and the Wexford Fringe festival running in tandem with the annual Wexford Festival Opera. For further details on all events see



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Spooktacular Events on offer for Halloween in Wexford

Spooktacular Events on offer for Halloween in Wexford

Are you planning a spooky break this mid-term…if so, Wexford is the place to be.

Wexford is planning a ‘SPOOKTACULAR’ Halloween for locals and visitors alike this year, a ‘Gorey Festival’ will host a frightful trail of events, Ireland’s most haunted house, Loftus Hall is set to host the ultimate Halloween paranormal investigation lockdown plus spooky fright-filled family tours, Ireland’s oldest lighthouse will host Sphooky tours, a Halloween trail will traverses around the 200 year old Johnstown Castle Estate, a ‘Dare to Scare’ Halloween Tour is on offer at Wells House and visitors to the Irish National Heritage Park will enjoy a gruesome look at some of history’s most horrible, horrifying happenings during their ‘Horrifying Histories’ event and for some outdoor fun how about some pumpkin picking at Ballycross apple farm.

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Flying Witches, streets filled with Scarecrows, a Treasure Trail, Scary Storytelling sessions, Fancy Dress Parties, a Halloween drama on stage, the Amber Springs Hotel Halloween Train and lots more will see the wits of the brave and the not so brave tested in Gorey county Wexford this Halloween as the town launches ‘Gorey Halloween’ a festival filled with a frightful variety of events. Don’t miss the Halloween Family Fun Day at the Gorey town park on October 29th from 1pm with Pumpikn carving demonstrations, a puppet show, giggles the clown, a constructive waste workshop, halloween games, music and lots more its set to be a frightfully good day.

At Ballycross apple farm See the witch’s house in the forest, enjoy a tractor ride and pick your own pumpkin. At the Lavender Farm in Wexford try some Halloween claymaking workshops and

At the Irish National Heritage Park a ‘Horrifying Histories’ event from October 27th to 30th will entertain any little monsters this Halloween. This is a gruesome look at some of history’s most horrible, horrifying and sometimes hilarious people and events. Organisers say, “This is a show for kids of all ages that revels in all the nasty things that our ancestors used to like to do to themselves and each other, visitors will learn of lots of stuff … most of which they probably never wanted to know of!”

At Wells House if you’re brave try a ‘Dare to Scare’ tour from October 25th to 31st. See the past comes to life at this great Victorian house and gardens with fancy dress, Halloween games and ghoulish storytelling by the Wells witch.

At Ireland’s Most Haunted House ‘Loftus Hall’ a very grown up scare experience is on offer with the ultimate Halloween paranormal investigation lockdown for over 18’s only and for the little ones a not so fearsome daytime family tour is on offer from October 28th to November 6th.

At Johnstown Castle and the Irish Agricultural Museum visitors can take to the family friendly ‘Spooky Trail’ through the estates 200 year old grounds where along the way you will encounter some gruesome and scary-looking characters to make you jump and squirm from October 29th to November 6th.

At Kia Ora Mini Farm the gates will open to a fantastic Spooky Farm experience. The farm will be decorated with lots of lights and spooky decorations, nothing too scary for the little ones from now until November 6th.

Events take place before during and after the Halloween break, for details on Halloween in Wexford see www.visitwexford.



FREE TO USE IMAGE- Counting down to a very ‘Gorey’ Halloween in Wexford are ‘Woodland Creatures’ Brody Cullen age 5 and Marc Doyle Sheehan age 4 – Festivities take place during the mid-term break all across Wexford for details see

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24 consecutive days of celebrating the Arts at 3 Festivals in Wexford


Festival Season to open in Wexford with Wexford Fringe Wexford Festival Opera and Wexford Spiegeltent Festival

24 consecutive days of celebrating the Arts at 3 Festivals in Wexford



The 64th annual Wexford Fringe opens on October 21st to announce 17 days of fantastic Fringe events. The Fringe well known for its originality, imagination and quality entertainment runs in parallel with the famous Wexford Festival Opera which takes place from October 26th to November 6th and the Wexford Spiegeltent Festival which runs from October 14th to October 30th 2016.


The vibrant Fringe festival brings approximately 50,000 visitors from all over Ireland and overseas to Wexford to join in the incredibly diverse array of creative array of events offer, which promote Wexford’s rich culture and distinct heritage on the world stage. Festival goers of all ages will be captivated by the sheer range of over 300 events and activities taking place during the annual open-access arts festival, including visual art, opera, classical and traditional music, theatre and dance, comedy, literary recitals, craft and children’s and street events, many of which are free to attend.


Highlights include talks and readings with garden designer and author Mary Reynolds and author Dermot Bolger, a very Gorey Halloween Festival and arts and crafts workshops for all the family, Guinness Singing and Swining Pubs competition 2016 and a wonderful visual art trail featuring all forms of art, craft and photography exhibitions throughout Wexford town and county with a range of over 60 local and visiting artists turning Wexford into a gallery lover’s paradise.


The 2016 Wexford Festival Opera will officially open with a giant fireworks display on the Quayside in Wexford town on the evening of October 26th, the Opera festival will run for 12 days and will showcase rare and forgotten masterpieces at the 65th annual Wexford Festival Opera from October 26th to November 6th and a third festival will also take place; the Wexford Spiegeltent Festival is in action in a beautiful setting on Wexford’s Quayside from October 14th to 31st where gigs with Jack L, Little Green Cars, Mick Flannery, Paul Young, The Saw Doctors and more are all on offer.


Wexford Fringe is a vital showcase for Irish arts nationally and internationally and it attracts many world renowned artists, musicians and performers guaranteed to amaze and excite local, national and international audiences.


Commenting on the 2016 Wexford Fringe Festival, Madeleine Quirke, CEO of Wexford Chamber said, ‘Wexford Fringe is not just important for being one of Ireland’s largest Fringe events, or for being completely open access, this vibrant festival also brings visitors from far and wide to Wexford to see the incredibly diverse array of creative activity it has to offer, and promotes Wexford’s rich culture and distinct heritage on the world stage.”


The 64th Wexford Fringe is an annual open-access arts festival that runs over 17 days, bringing together an eclectic mix of events from October 21st to November 6th, 2016. For further details on the fringe festival, along with Opera and Spiegeltent Festival see



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Countdown is on to the 2016 Kennedy Summer School

An Tánaiste, U.S. Presidential campaign strategists, News correspondents and leading global academics to descend on New Ross


Experts in politics, Editors and journalists, Ministers, An Tánaiste and leading global academics are set to descend on the town of New Ross the proud homestead of President John F. Kennedy to discuss Irish politics, the U.S. election, Brexit and debate key issues from this Thursday, September 8th to Saturday, September 10th.


Summer school attendees are anticipating hearing the insider knowledge on the current U.S. election from Columnist with the Boston Globe, Kevin Cullen who will discuss the current election from a journalists’s perspective. Colin Crowell, Vice President Global Public Policy & Philanthropy at Twitter who will discuss how the campaign is playing out on the glorbal platform. Larry Donnelly, Political Commentator and Law Lecturer at NUI Galway will look at how Trump could win. Stacy Hillard, Chair of American Voices International will offer views from a republican perspective and Chief Strategist with the Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential Campaign Tad Devine who will talk about the Bernie Sanders story.


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Photograph Mary Browne

Tad was a senior adviser on Al Gore’s 2000 campaign and John Kerry’s 2004 campaign, and helped Fianna Fail at elections over the past 20 years. He says would have worked with the party in this year’s general election had he not been advising Sanders. Offering some thoughts on the current U.S. campaign ahead of his arrival for the Kennedy Summer School, he says, “Trump is losing right now because Clinton has made this election about Trump. But he could have a real shot at winning, if he can “wrap himself around the mantle of change” and establish Clinton as a “status-quo” candidate.”


The 2016 Kennedy Summer School will officially open with an address from the United States Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley followed by a reflection of the US Playwright Eugene O’Neill followed by a key note lecture by Professor Robert Downing a leading US academic authority on Eugene O Neill’s work and Paddy Cullivan will also host a discussion on the strangest stories of 1916.


The 2016 summer school theme is a ‘Festival of Irish and American, History, Politics and Culture’ and more than 30 guest speakers will participate discussing a wide range of topics. Noel Whelan, Director of the Summer School says, “This year’s summer school comes at a very dramatic time in both Irish and American politics and indeed at a crucial time in Irish/American relations. The line up we have gathered in New Ross for the weekend will no doubt have many compelling and interesting things to say.”


Other highlights include the school’s keynote address by the former Governor of Maryland and Democratic Presidential Contender, Martin O’Malley. An Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Francis Fitzgerald TD will also offer a keynote and Garda Commissioner, Noirin O’Sullivan will participate in a public interview discussing a ‘A Personal and Policing Journey’ at 6.30pm at St. Michael’s Theatre on Friday, September 9th.


On Saturday afternoon a panel discussion on Irish politics looking at the ‘Budget, Brexit and Better Politics’ will be chaired by Katie Hannon, Political Correspondent for RTE’s Current Affairs Department Katie will be joined by Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe, Sinn Féin TD Eoin O’Broin, Fianna Fáil TD and Chair of the Dàil Finance Committee John McGuinness and Independent Senator Lynn Ruane.


Celebrity Chef Edward Hayden and Baker Catherine Leyden and will host a Tea Party in Dunganstown at the Kennedy Homestead with a coffee masterclass by Ray Cullen. Taking the Summer School to a close will be a special screening of the Oscar’s 2016 Best Picture ‘SPOTLIGHT’ which tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation into clerical sexual abuse in the Catholic dioceses, and the decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Colm O Gorman Executive Director at Amnesty International Ireland, Alison O’Connor Columnist with The Irish Examiner, Tom Mooney Editor of The Wexford Echo and Kevin Cullen Columnist with the Boston Globe.


The school will also hear discussions and addresses from Dr. Robert M. Mauro Director of the Irish Institute, Boston College, Eugene Meyer Chair, Bard College, Peter Cassells, Alison Meagher, Ronan King, David Woolner, Dr. Richard Hayes, Sorcha O’Neill, Anne Doyle, Charlie Bird, and Dr. Tony Bates.


For further details and tickets for the 2016 events see or call St. Michael’s Theatre on 051 421255

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Harvest Moon Celebration at Hook Lighthouse to feature a Photographic Competition

The first Harvest Moon Celebration at Hook Lighthouse, which is set to take place on September 16th, is set to feature at photographic competition.

Hook Lighthouse Manager Ann Waters said, the tip of the Hook Peninsula is the ideal spot for watching the slideshow of nature in the skies, “During sunrise, sunset, moonrises and on starry nights the Hook Peninsula offers incredible vistas. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone for the Harvest Moon Celebration and we know it will offer ample opportunity for great photographs so we will host a photographic competition during the event and a prize for the best Harvest Moon at Hook Lighthouse photograph is also up for grabs.”

Anyone who wishes to have their image considered for the competition can email their image with their details to by 5pm on September 17th.

The Harvest Moon celebrations will commence with a free fantastic fossil heritage talk by Geologist Dr. Matthew Parkes from Ireland’s Natural History Museum. At 4pm on Friday, September 16th in The Conservatory, Hook Head Lighthouse Matthew will talk about the rich fossil heritage at Hook Head, and the many different animal groups described by palaeontologists from this special place. The fossil evidence reveals how Hook was a shallow tropical sea, teeming with life, some 340 million years ago when these rocks formed. The talk will also explore how best people can enjoy seeing the fossils, and also how they can be protected from damage and exploitation. Specimens will be available for people to handle and see close-up what they look like.

Following the talk, at about 5 pm there will be a guided walk on the rocks themselves to see fossils in sit. From 6pm the Lighthouse Visitor Centre will open especially late, come along and find a spot to watch nature at its best during the autumn equinox, enjoy some treats from the Hook Lighthouse Barbecue and some Hook Pilsner and sample the brand new Hook beers and a harvest brew from Arthurstown Brewing Company which have all been brewed from the harvesting of locally grown malted barley & enjoy some chill out music.

For those wishing to climb the tower with a limited number of €10 tickets will be available for the Moonlight visit to the Lighthouse tower, these can be booked in advance by calling 051 397055.

A full harvest moon is set to rise on Friday, September 16th. In any year, the Harvest Moon is celebrated for featuring the year’s grandest procession of moonlit nights. Harvest Moons are more colourful than other full moon, when the moon is full, the moon is at its brightest, and the entire disk is visible. In traditional skylore, the Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, so the Harvest Moon will present the closest and largest full moon of the year. It’s special because, at this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere, the time between successive moonrises – from one night to the next – is shorter than usual.

On average, the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day. But when a full moon happens close to the autumnal equinox, the moon in Europe rises only about 10 to 20 minutes later daily for several days before and after the full Harvest moon. These early evening moonrises are what make every Harvest Moon special. Every full moon rises around sunset. After the full Harvest Moon, you’ll see the moon ascending in the east relatively soon after sunset for a few days in a row at northerly latitudes.

For further details call Hook Lighthouse on 051 397055

Harvest Moon Celebration at Hook Lighthouse - © Fran Byrne

The world’s oldest intact operational Lighthouse, Hook Lighthouse sitting at the tip of the breathtaking Hook Head is set to host its first Harvest Moon Celebration evening on Friday, September 16th . For further details see – photo Fran byrne

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RTE’s Sean O’Rourke Show to broadcast live from the Kennedy Summer School

RTE’s Sean O’Rourke Show to broadcast live from the Kennedy Summer School



The RTE Radio One show ‘Today with Sean O’Rourke’ is set to broadcast live from the Dunbrody Experience on the quay as part of the Kennedy Summer School on Friday, September 9th, 2016.


Sean and his production team will interview the orgahinsers of the Kennedy Summer School from the Dunbrody Visitor Centre Café along with some of the keynote speakers who are all taking part in the Kennedy Summer School programme of events.


Sepaking about the live broadcast, currator fo the Kennedy Summer School programme, Noel Whelan said, “We are delighted to be welcoming Sean O’Rouke and the RTE staff to New Ross, the show has over 325,000 listeners and we look forward to sharing the details of the 2016 Summer School with them and showcasing New Ross.”


Presenter Sean O’Rourke is set to interview the former Governor of Maryland and Democratic Presidential Contender, Martin O’Malley, the United States Ambassador to Ireland Kevin F. O’Malley, Chief Strategist, Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential Campaign Tadd Devine and Boston Globe Columnist Kevin Cullen.


The 2016 Kennedy Summer School will be held in New Ross on Thursday 8th, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of September. It will be a festival of discussion debate and reflection on Irish and American History, Politics and Culture.


The line up of speakers this year includes An Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald TD and other leading Irish politicians, the Former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley, the Garda Commissioner Noirin O’ Sullivan along with a number of senior U.S. Presidential campaign strategists and commentators.


Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe is set to participate in a session on the 2017 budget and disucss Brexit and its potential impact for Ireland. He will be joined by Sinn Féin TD Eoin O’Broin,  Fianna Fáil TD and Chair of the Dàil Finance Committee John McGuinness and Independent Senator Lynn Ruane


Events at the Summer School will also include a keynote address on the life and work of the US Playwright Eugene O Neill who’s family heritage is local to New Ross, a staging of the comedian Paddy Cullivan’s one-man show “ The Ten Dark Secrets of 1916”.


There will also be a restaging of the iconic 1963 JFK Tea Party at Dunganstown on Friday 8th Sept, which will be hosted this year by celebrity chef Edward Hayen and Baker Catherine Leyden.


Tickets and further details and tickets are available from or by calling St Michael’s Theatre at 051 421255. Two-Day Passes for are €37.50, Friday Only Passes are €20 and Saturday Only Passes are €25.

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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:

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

Click to access hw-wexford.pdf


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