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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40,000 Fans of the Seaside to visit Wexford Maritime Festival this Weekend


Four Lifeboats of over 100 years old set to voyage to Wexford for 2016 Maritime Festival

40,000 Fans of the Seaside to visit Wexford Maritime Festival this Weekend

One of the country’s largest celebrations the coast, the Wexford Maritime Festival is set to host five vintage lifeboats later this week from June 24th to 26th as the vessels voyage to Wexford from across Ireland and the UK.

The 100 year old ‘Whitby’ lifeboat will arrive for display during the festival weekend along with former Royal National Life Boats the ‘Canadian Pacific’ from Kyle of Lochalsh, ‘J. W. Archer’ from Wales and the ‘Joseph Soar’ from Coleraine. The antiquated lifeboats will take pride of place on the Quayside in Wexford town alongside a Wexford’s maritime heritage showcase at the festivals Maritime Model Village where an exhibition on Vintage Transport through the lens of Robert Shorthall with over 100 model boats and aircraft will be on display.

Wexford Maritime Festival offers festivalgoers an action-packed programme of events on Wexford Quays, with everything displays of maritime heritage to opportunities to try a new watersport along with search and rescue displays to stunt aircraft taking to the skies.

Commenting on the upcoming weekend one of the festival organisers Lorraine Galvin says, “We are set to welcome over 40,000 people to the festival, most of our events are on offer for free or for a nominal price with all proceeds from this event being donated to the RNLI. This is the fifth year of the festival and the programme is our biggest yet, we are also expanding the programme by a day as we run from Friday right through until Sunday evening this year. This festival is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our 275 kilometres of coastline here in Wexford.”

The festival launches on the Friday evening with a Gala Banquet hosted by the Wexford Food Family with celebrity chef Phelim Byrne. In all 38 festival events will take place, highlights inlcude Rescue Saturday where a major Search and Rescue display with aircraft, lifeboats and ambulance crews showcase their capabilities and skills. Along with a large Emergency Services Village, visitors can meet the crews and see their equipment including the first visit by the Irish Armys Mowag Piranha IIIH 8×8 armoured personnel carrier, Irish Coast Guard, RNLI, Defence Forces, Civil Defence, Gardia, Wexford MarineWatch, Seal Rescue, HSE.

Fun-day Sunday sees a spectacular stunt show with formations with two RV 7 aircraft with gravity defying, jaw dropping displays take to the skies above the Quayside.

A ‘Try it Dock’ will be on offer in the Maritime Village with local water sports groups taking people out to try out some new waterbased. Wexford Sub Aqua club will host a free try a dive Sunday 26 at 4.45 p.m. and the ever popular Raft Races take place on Sunday afternoon for teams of six.

A rowing regatta and sailing regatta will also take place and a flyboarder ‘Ironman’ will quire literally walk on water. And for the landlubbers, lots of activities will be on offer shoreside with food and music to the fore with Wexford band Corneryboy and SoulTrek and the Funk Generation will entertain the messes along with a Big Barbeque bash for a summer festival vibe. The Childrens Village welcomes fun activities including Art and Colouring, Crazy Games, Disco Fun, Wobbly Circus Show, Viking Village and Recreate Environment Workshops.

For further details on all festival actvities see www.visitwexford.ie

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20/06/2016. FREE TO USE IMAGE. Pictured are Sophie and Ben Gulliver and Lauren Howlin helping to launch the fifth annual Wexford Maritime Festival which is set to offer over 38 events to festivalgoers from June 24th to 26th on Wexford’s Quayside – for further details see visitwexford.ie. Picture: Patrick Browne Four Lifeboats of over 100 years old set to voyage to Wexford for 2016 Maritime Festival 40,000 Fans of the Seaside to visit Wexford Maritime Festival this Weekend One of the country’s largest celebrations the coast, the Wexford Maritime Festival is set to host five vintage lifeboats later this week from June 24th to 26th as the vessels voyage to Wexford from across Ireland and the UK. The 100 year old ‘Whitby’ lifeboat will arrive for display during the festival weekend along with former Royal National Life Boats the ‘Canadian Pacific’ from Kyle of Lochalsh, ‘J. W. Archer’ from Wales and the ‘Joseph Soar’ from Coleraine. The antiquated lifeboats will take pride of place on the Quayside in Wexford town alongside a Wexford’s maritime heritage showcase at the festivals Maritime Model Village where an exhibition on Vintage Transport through the lens of Robert Shorthall with over 100 model boats and aircraft will be on display. Wexford Maritime Festival offers festivalgoers an action-packed programme of events on Wexford Quays, with everything displays of maritime heritage to opportunities to try a new watersport along with search and rescue displays to stunt aircraft taking to the skies. Commenting on the upcoming weekend one of the festival organisers Lorraine Galvin says, “We are set to welcome over 40,000 people to the festival, most of our events are on offer for free or for a nominal price with all proceeds from this event being donated to the RNLI. This is the fifth year of the festival and the programme is our biggest yet, we are also expanding the programme by a day as we run from Friday right through until Sunday evening this ye

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Duncannon Fort to reopen for Guided Tours


 

Wexford County Council and Hook Tourism are delighted to announce the launch of a new guided tour of Duncannon Fort this summer. The important historical site will be open 7 days, offering 5 tours daily, sharing a selection of fascinating stories from this impressive site’s history. Sitting within the newly branded Ireland’s Ancient East, Duncannon Fort’s tour will complement the existing strong heritage offering of the Hook Peninsula and County Wexford.

Duncannon Fort is an impressive presentation of a star shaped fortress perched on the side of the stunning Hook Peninsula, County Wexford, part of Ireland’s Ancient East. This historic structure has gathered countless intriguing and awe inspiring stories over its 450 year history and holds one of the best vantage points to take in the beautiful Waterford Estuary from. Share in these tales and striking views the on the guided tour from late June 2016.

Wexford County Council is proud to partner with and support Hook Tourism in the launch of Duncannon Fort tours” said Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Councillor Tony Dempsey. “Duncannon Fort holds a highly regarded attraction and holds a unique and important position in our county’s tourism infrastructure. The Council has prioritised tourism as a key target area in our efforts to boost the county’s overall economic growth and we are confident that Duncannon Fort has not only has capacity to continue to attract visitors to County Wexford, but can also play an integral part in the roll-out and marketing of Ireland’s Ancient East tourism initiative”.

 

Hook Tourism’s Chairman David Neville confirmed that “Duncannon Fort is important not just to the village of Duncannon but to the Hook Peninsula as a whole. With our organisation’s successful track record restoring and operating the beautiful Colclough Walled Garden at Tintern Abbey as a visitor attraction we felt we could make a positive contribution to the Council’s goal of reopening the Fort. Hook Tourism is delighted that Wexford County Council were enthusiastic about the potential of our partnership. We’re really excited to see it all coming together and are looking forward to providing a quality guided tour this summer which has been designed by Mirador Interpretations.”

 

Duncannon Fort will open for daily tour from Monday 27th June creating two seasonal part time jobs. To book a tour and for further information please visit www.duncannonfort.ie and follow the new Duncannon Fort page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/DuncannonFortWexford/

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Exterior from water image by Liam Ryan

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Wexford Food Family – Feast of Wexford Banque


The Wexford Food Family will host their annual Feast of Wexford Banquet on Friday 24th June 2016 at 7pm at a very special marquee venue on the iconic Crescent Quay in Wexford town, between the railway tracks and the Mussel boats in the harbour.

The mouthwatering 5 course dinner menu has been specially developed by renowned and extremely talented Wexford chef Phelim Byrne to present to you the very best of Wexford produce.

Tickets cost €59 plus Eventbrite booking fee. https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/feast-of-wexford-banquet-tickets-25621241824

This banquet launches the Feast of Wexford food festival and is a unique occasion showcasing and celebrating the foods of Wexford. A showcase of the very best of Wexford Food Producers.

The whole event will take place in two special marquee tents on the iconic quay in Wexford town, along with barbecue pagodas and the Wexford Craft Beer Garden.

The Wexford Food Family Market Stalls will give people the chance to meet the people who make fantastic local foods, sample the goodies and buy them to take home or scoff on the spot.

The Wexford Food Family Kitchen Marquee will see a host of amazingly talented Wexford chefs showing us how they work their magic with a full schedule of cookery demos.

The Wexford Craft Beer Garden will feature our three craft beer brewers and give you the opportunity to enjoy their brews.

On Saturday, June 25th the ‘Float Our Lifeboat Big Barbecue Bash’ will take place on on the Quay in Wexford with fab food and marvellous music.

The Wexford Food Family is a not for profit organisation with over 40 members who are producing some of the best foods in Ireland. The group is dedicated to growing the food industry of County Wexford,

The Feast of Wexford Banquet is kindly sponsored by the LEO Wexford and Wexford Creamery.

 

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Visit Wexford promoting Wexford at Bloom


Team Visit Wexford will be taking part in Ireland’s biggest garden Festival ‘Bloom in the Park’ this June bank holiday weekend from June 2nd to 6th.

The 10th annual Bloom Festival is expecting record visitor numbers this year and they have an array of events on offer including the show gardens which create the heart and soul of the five day festival. The Show Gardens, which are designed by some of Ireland’s top garden designers, offer visitors a taste of the latest planting and design trends in Ireland which can be recreated in back gardens around the country. Bloom 2016 will boast over 23 gardens.

A host of family fun events, a food village and an entertainment stage plus lots more is all on offer.

Visit Wexford will be at stand D4 showcasing everything Wexford has to offer and encouraging visitors to bloom to come along to Wexford and enjoy everything the county has to enjoy this Summer. If you are visiting bloom be sure to pop by and say ‘hello’ to our friendly team and be sure to enter our daily competitions and you could be in with a chance to enjoy a break in #Wexford.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Gorey Market House Festival Announce Headline Act


Gorey Market House Festival Announce Headline Act 

Cry Before Dawn

 The 8th annual Market House Festival in Gorey is set to take place from July 29th to 31stand organiser’s have announced this years headline act as ‘Cry Before Dawn’.

The festival is bringing the chart-topping band to the streets of Gorey for a performance not to be missed on Saturday July 30th. The band whose hits include ‘The seed that’s been sown’ and ‘Girl in the Ghetto’ have strong Wexford roots and are excited to return to Wexford an entertain festivalgoers at this free open air gig.

Commenting on this years festival programme, one of the organisers Festival Chairman Cllr. John Hegarty said, “This year’s music line up in one of the best yet, it is going to be a fantastic number of days in Gorey as this one of the best family festivals in the South East. We are delighted to welcome Cry Before Dawn and announce the band as our headline act. We are also delighted to partner with J Donohoe BMW, Enniscorthy who are helping us to bring Cry Before Dawn to Gorey’s Main Street for this free to attend gig.”

The Gorey Market House Festival is a vibrant mix of music, family fun, traditional and vintage markets, busking, food, crafts and much more with many fringe events taking place throughout July. Festival organisers say that further details for the festival programme will be announced over the coming weeks. Follow the festival on Facebook and twitter at GoreyMarketHouseFestival or see www.visitwexford.ie

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20,000 foodies to descend on Wexford for 8th annual Food and Wine Festival


Organiser’s of the eighth annual Wexford Food and Wine Festival have unveiled details of their planned celebrations and expect visitor numbers upwards of 20,000 for the weekend in Wexford.

Festivities begin on Friday, May 27th and run until late in the evening on Sunday, May 29th with events taking place at venues all across Wexford Town as well as an alfresco market.

Commenting on the upcoming weekend, one of the Festival organiser’s Gary Johnston said, “The 2016 festival will showcase the very best food that the Southeast has to offer including Wexford’s famed Strawberry. We are expecting large crowds somewhere upwards of 20,000 people; the festival has been growing every year. We are often asked why we don’t have the festival later in the summer but we hold it at the same time every year to encourage people into Wexford on a weekend that would otherwise just be a regular weekend, it is a major boost to the local business community and a great start to the Summer season.”

Getting the festival off to a start on Friday evening “A Taste of Burgundy”, will be on offer at Kelly’s Hotel Rosslare whwere guests can enjoy an open Burgundy wine tasting followed by a special dinner with complementing wines. On Saturday and on Sunday the open air Food Producers Market at Selskar Square and South Main Street in the heart of Wexford town will host an abundance of food producers where local and regional and Welsh artisan produce will be on offer. Some of the tasty treats which will be in store include blackcurrant juice from Mr Jaeffers blackcurrant juice, Zaeire chocolates, Jenny’s Cupcakes Butlers Ice-cream, Goatsbridge trout and much more.

Outside of the wonderful wine events a Wexford Craft beer Trail will be on offer with producers Simon Lambert & Sons and The Sky and the Ground teaming up to showcase some of their latest range and also introduce some special brews just for the 2016.

Across Wexford during the festival event a series of over 20 events celebrating the county’s superb and thriving food scene will take place. These will include everything from Foraging trips to The Raven, A Food Rescue demonstration in The Arts Centre, Beekeepers in Selskar and much more. To add to the festival atmosphere a tasty side helping of family entertainment will also be provided with a foodie photo competitions, “Live Mic” entertainment in both South main Street and Selskar and much more will ensure all of the family enjoy the festivities.

For further details on the festival weekend see wexfordfoodfestival.ie or keep up to date with the festival details on Twitter @Wexfordfoodfest and Facebook wexfordfoodfestival.

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Maritime Matters Festival Fun & New Tour on offer at Hook Lighthouse


A fun filled Maritime Matters Festival will get underway at the world’s oldest working Lighthouse on the Hook Peninsula County Wexford this May bank holiday weekend.

An action packed day of festivities will get underway on Saturday April 30th from 11am. Join in the fun and games for all the family with Pirate Pat and Captain Hook.

On Sunday and Monday, May 1st and 2nd learn about safety at sea from members of the Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI. Visitors will have the opportunity to have a go at some archaeology with Wolfhound Archaeology learing all about our Viking past. Experience the Exploration Dome to learn about sea life, explore the craft market onsite or join in lawn games and fun adventures with Pirate Pat and Captain Hook or for the ‘bigger adventurous kids’ can try out the Bungee Trampoline.

Commenting on the upcoming festival weekend Ann Waters of Hook Lighthouse said, “We are delighted to host another Maritime Matters Festival, it is always a fantastic weekend of fun for all the family with the added benefit of placing an important focus on safety at sea and reminding us of the great work our emergency service teams carry out alongside the beacon of safety that is Hook Lighthouse. We are also thrilled to be launching our new Ireland’s Ancient East tour and we look forward to sharing this experience with all of our visitors.

The day prior to the festival weekend Hook Lighthouse will launch its brand new Ireland’s Ancient East Tour Experience. Visitors to the 800 year old Lighthouse will be able to take a step back in time on a guided tour and meet St. Dubhan and his fifth Century Monks who first established the beacon at the Hook Peninsula. Meet the greatest Knight that ever lived William Marshall and hear the stories from the Lightkeepers and their families who for well over 100 years were stationed on site protecting all of those at Sea.

This year in conjunction with Maritime Matters, events for Hooked on the Sea 2016 will be running across the Peninsula. Check out Hooked on the Sea 2016 . A host of marine themed events for all ages across the May Bank Holiday Weekend. Activities on and off the water; paddle boarding, boat trips on the estuary, local produce picnic in Colclough Walled Gardens, pirates galley in Kilmokea Gardens, beach foraging, sea themed children’s workshops and outdoor market.

Maritime Matters takes place in conjunction with the Great Lighthouses of Ireland, ‘Shine a Light’ events. Whereby 12 lighthouses including Hook Lighthouse will shine a light and celebrate and share the rich tradition and work that they of carry out across Ireland over the May bank holiday weekend. For hundreds of years lighthouses have helped seafarers find their way. Now they shine their light on truly unique experiences around our stunning coastline.

This will be a special opportunity to get behind the scenes with experts from Irish Lights and learn about technology and Navigation today.  Local historians and Storykeepers will provide tours that showcase the natural and cultural highlights.   

Lighthouse keeping was a way of life for keepers and their families for well over 100 years. However, in the 1980s, advances in technology meant that lighthouses could be automated and there was no longer a need for permanent lighthouse keepers to be stationed on site.  Great Lighthouses of Ireland is a wonderful way of keeping this rich maritime heritage, and the legacy of these Lighthouse Keepers, alive.

For all of the festival details in Wexford see www.hookheritage.ie and for details on the Great Lighthouses of Ireland see www.greatlighthouses.com

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