Multi Attraction discount Pass launched for top attractions in Wexford

‘Visit Wexford Pass’


Multi Attraction discount Pass launched for top attractions in Wexford


The ‘Visit Wexford Pass’ is a brand new multi-attraction discount card and it has been launched today (January 22nd) by Visit Wexford. The ‘Visit Wexford Pass’ aims to encourage residents to enjoy the attractions on their doorstep and it offers visitors an additional incentive to enjoy even more of the sites that the county has to offer.

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Over 30 attractions and retail businesses across Wexford have signed up to be part of the discount card initiative, sites include the world’s oldest working Lighthouse at Hook Head to the Irish National Heritage Park to the great Victorian Wells House to Wexford Lavender Farm and many more. A full list of the participating attractions and retail businesses can be viewed along with the Visit Wexford Pass offers are detailed on


The discount pass, which is available to locals and visitors alike is an incentive for locals to get to know better and enjoy the gems on their doorstep and for visitors to enjoy additional value for money with increased reason to visit more sites than they may have already planned to. It can be used for every visit to each participating business and once during each visit.


Offers differ across the participating attractions; they include incentives like 10% off entrance fees, a complimentary tea or coffee and discounts on lessons and experiences plus discounts on crafts and gifts at retail outlets. All of the participating attractions and businesses will feature a Visit Wexford Pass window sticker.


Commenting at the launch of the ‘Visit Wexford Pass’ County Wexford Tourism Officer Siobhan O’Neill said, “This is a fantastic incentive for locals and visitors to get out and about and enjoy the abundance that County Wexford has to offer. We have asked all participating to offer a minimum value of a 10% discount on their entrance fee in whichever format they wish, so the value to the user of the pass Is really worthwhile, the pass can also be used more than once thereby encouraging repeat visits in what is typically the tourism shoulder season. We currently have over 30 attractions and businesses signed up to participate in this initiative and we hope to grow this even further.”


The ‘Visit Wexford Pass’ is currently operational and valid until April 2016. The discount card is available as a download from or as a cut out from Wexford’s local newspapers.

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Visit us at Holiday World

Holiday World Show 2016 is taking place in the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin, for three days from Friday 22nd January until Sunday 24th January.  With over 50 countries represented, almost 1,000 travel and tourism professionals will be ready to give advice and detailed, expert information on how to make the most of a holiday and how to get the best value.

Visit Wexford is at the Holiday World Show this weekend following a successful weekend at the Belfast show last week.

Pop by stand S8 for all you need to know about holidaying in Wexford

2016 Show Dates & Times

Friday 22 January 2016 1.00 pm – 6.00 pm Public & Trade
Saturday 23 January 2016 11.00 am – 5.30 pm Public & Trade
Sunday 24 January 2016 11.00 am – 5.30 pm Public & Trade


RDS Simmonscourt
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
t: +353(0)1 668 3070
f: +353(0)1 240 7245

Dublin Admission Prices
Adults €7
Senior Citizens €4
Students €3
Special Family Price 2 Adults & up to 4 children – €14

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Media spotlight to the value of 2.5million placed on Wexford during 2015

Media spotlight to the value of 2.5million placed on Wexford during 2015 


2015 was a very successful year for tourism in Ireland and in Wexford. Nationally in 2015 there has been a 12%growth in overseas visitors numbers and it continues to rise; through Visit Wexford a media spotlight to the tune of €2.5million was placed on Wexford and it’s tourism industry.


The publicity campaign carried out for Visit Wexford of which the ambition is to achieve as many column inches and news and programme minutes as possible for Wexford across Ireland and the globe on tourism events and attractions and happenings in Wexford during 2015 achieved €2.5 million in media coverage across Ireland and the globe


Some of the media highlights include coverage include TG4, TV3, RTE News and RTE Radio 1, Today FM and 2FM along with press outlets in Ireland and in the UK in The Irish Post and The Irish World, and in the U.S. in Irish American News and Irish America.


A huge milestone was achieved in 2013, some 2 years after the formation of Visit Wexford, a milestone which saw Wexford achieve the highest number of overseas visitors and overseas visitor spend in the region for the first time in over 10 years. This achievement is still being maintained by Wexford.


In marketing terms during 2015 Visit Wexford unveiled a brand new Visit Wexford television advertisement promoting Wexford as a holiday destination on national TV for the first time. This aired on RTE and TV3 for 6 weeks in the lead into the Summer holiday period. The thirty-second TV advert was the first of its kind to air promoting Wexford as a number one choice for a holiday in Ireland; the advert was voiced by a very famous Wexford Ambassador and TV personality Dermot O’Leary.


An extensive Marketing campaign took place in 2015 with activities devised to promote the county nationally and internationally; Wexford County Council and the tourism industry in Wexford jointly funded the campaign. It included a number of national radio competitions along with a multi-site billboard campaign at high traffic areas in Dublin and Cork Cites, a new Visit Wexford welcome billboard at Rosslare Port.  Wexford also featured extensively on the TV national events guide and a brand new brochure promoting Wexford was hosted at over 500 locations across Dublin, the Southeast and at Dublin Airport, Waterford Airport and the Ferry Ports.


The website had over the course of 2015 traffic of over 140,000 with those visitors browsing the site for over 3 minutes on each occasion.  60% of the website users are from Ireland with the remainder coming from overseas.


Commenting on the year in Tourism, Bettie Marie Burget-Smit Chairperson of Visit Wexford said, “It’s been a very busy year in the tourism industry in Wexford. The visit Wexford website in 2015 alone reached an audience of 140,000; over 50 festivals took place in Wexford in 2015 and all of these are showcased on the site which is updated weekly. The Visit Wexford table is made up up of a collaboration of persons working in the tourism industry and also partners from Wexford County Council, Failte Ireland, Wexford Leader Partnership, Rosslare Port and each of the major towns tourism group repersentatives.

We have a very exciting campaign to promote Wexford across a variety of media outlets for 2016 and beyond and we look forward to working with all of the industry in the New Year


The Visit Wexford website offers the opportunity to promote festivals and events for free online. Organisers of festivals and events can now log on and fill in all of their information for a free listing for 2016. See or get in touch via


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New ‘Bucket List’ Road Trip Created as UK & Ireland’s Answer to Route 66

An estimated 200,000 people travel from across America and the world every year to drive all or part of the iconic Route 66 (1) stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles.

The route has great historical and cultural significance, forming part of a ‘bucket list’ for many people, and ranked by Britons in the top 10 of ‘things to do before you die’

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To help people explore the UK & Ireland, Jurys Inns Hotels have created a new road trip to go onto the bucket list… introducing ‘Route 57’ – a drive across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland with 57 must-see destinations along the way, of similar mileage and drive-time to Route 66.

The route is made up of ten shorter road trips to allow people to do part or all of the route at their leisure, in any order, all at once or gradually.

Jurys Inn Hotels hope to see it turn into a bucket list item, boosting local tourism with people travelling from home and abroad for the drive, just like with Route 66.

See Route 57 at, complete with pictures and descriptions of all 57 destinations and a map at the end for journey planning.

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Wexford has Christmas Celebrations All Wrapped Up!!

Prepare to be enchanted and enthralled by the Wonderous Wexford Winterland, which sees Wexford celebrate 40 days of Christmas festivities in Wexford town.

Celebrations get underway on Saturday, November 28th as a magnificent Christmas Parade weaves its way through Wexford town starting from Selskar Square at 5pm. Santa’s Sleigh is Centre stage and the parade is led by the Bloco Gorman Samba Drummers, Mrs. Claus will be taking special care of Santa’s Post Box along with Santa’s Elves – so boys and girls, bring along your letters to post to Santa! Special guests this year will include Scrooge and Bosco. The Ice Maiden will be on her throne on stage with various choirs on the Quayside and will await Santa to arrive at 6pm to switch on the Christmas Lights.

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The Wexford Winterland festivities take place under a canopy of twinkling lights across Wexford town until January 10th 2015. Highlights include Ice Skating on the Quay, this is no ordinary ice rink as skaters will be cajoled by a spectacular lighting show and giant screens showing winter scenes, Christmas move snippets and Winter Olympic clips to inspire!

Christmas Outdoor Movies will be shown in the Bullring up until Christmas and new for 2015 is Santa’s Train, also running until Christmas. Little ones will enjoy a truly magical experience while listening to special Christmas stories from none other than Santa himself! Santa’s train will depart from the Bullring, travel down to Wexford Quay to see the Ice Rink, visit the Christmas Trees on the Quay and in Redmond Square, and finally back along the main street to see the festive lights and hear the Christmas music.

If it’s a traditional festive market your looking for, enjoy a joyous and festive atmosphere at the Bullring; the craft market will be a hive of activity with lots of entertainment promised. Set in the historic Bullring, the market will consist of decorated wooden cabins showcasing a diverse range of crafts produced by artists from Wexford’s craft trail. At Wexford Arts Centre the annual Christmas Craft fair will also host a variety of top quality crafters with a selection of wares on offer.

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Wexford County Council have announced free parking in all public car parks from 11am every Tuesday until Christmas, and every day from 10am from Saturday 19th until Christmas Eve.

Christmas Activities take place in various locations across Wexford; in New Ross ‘The New Ross Nollaig Festival’ promises to ensure that all visitors and Rossonians will enjoy an extra special Christmas this year. The special festival celebrations will include outdoor markets and a national carol singing competition and Santa is on duty at the Dunbrody Famine Ship.

In Rosslare on November 29th a wonderful festive market takes place at the Community and Sports centre from 10.30am to 4pm.

In Enniscorthy enjoy the opportunity to visit Santa at the enchanted Enniscorthy Castle until December 23rd. enjoy treats from Mrs. Claus Kitchen, a peep into Santa’s Bedroom and experience the magic of the elves magical toy machine brought from the North Pole.

A visit to a working farm can be a source of both fun and education for children and the Kia Ora Mini Farm is sure to offer an experience to live long in their memories. Situated on an open farm near Gorey, there’s a live crib, a selection of reindeer and an opportunity to meet Santa himself. Complimentary hot drinks and cake will help stave off the winter chill. Also in Gorey Santa’s Train sets off on a magical adventure from the Amber Springs Hotel from now until December 22nd.

Santa is a very busy man in Wexford, he is also ensconced at the magical Wells House where he, Mrs Claus and the elves will be on hand to entertain plus the outdoor christmas craft market will ensure that you have some unique stocking fillers. Santa is also setting up his grotto at the Irihs National Heritage Park where he will be joined by his elves in an cnchanted woodland on weekends until December 20th. Santa is also at Johnstown Castle over the weekends of December 12th and 13th and December 19th and 20. Santa at the Castle is a must for all the family offering visitors a rare opportunity to see inside Johnstown Castle and soak up the festive atmosphere in its grand surroundings. At Ballycross Apple Farm Santa will be in his house from December 6th.

For further details on Christmas in Wexford see

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Visit Wexford set to host a Tourism Networking Event and Workshop on Ireland’s Ancient East

Visit Wexford set to host a Tourism Networking Event and Workshop on Ireland’s Ancient East


A Wexford tourism industry event is to be hosted by Visit Wexford at County Hall, Carricklawn, Wexford on Tuesday, November 24th at 4.30pm. The event will offer an opportunity for the tourism industry in Wexford to network ahead of the 2016 season and to gain further knowledge on how to incorporate and make the most of the roll out of Ireland’s Ancient East.


The event is aimed at everyone involved in the tourism industry including retail, transport and food businesses in Wexford and key information on the planned activity and collaborative working will be rolled out at this Tourism Networking event. The experts from Sool Nua whom have worked with national and international tourism brands across Ireland and overseas will be onsite to discuss engaging and getting the most from working with Visit Wexford. They will also outline how best to incorporate the roll out of Ireland’s Ancient East into brands and more specifically how it can work for individual companies and organisations.


Details on how to create successful collaborative partnerships and how to work with collaborative partners will be outlined along with elevator pitching, preparing for FAM trips and media visits and best practice on cross-selling opportunities will all be discussed.


Commenting on the upcoming event Chair of Visit Wexford Bettie Marie Burger-Smit said, “We would like to encourage as many people as possible from all across Wexford to come along to this free event. It is a fantastic opportunity to gain lots of information on marketing best practice in tourism. It will also enable better planning for 2016 and the rollout of Ireland’s Ancient East of which we are a pinnacle. The event will offer all attendees a greater understanding and the tools necessary in order for the entire industry of Wexford to best work together for 2016.”


This event is free to attend and everyone involved in tourism right across county Wexford is invited to come along. There is also a limited number of free spaces at the venue for exhibitors on the afternoon, this space will be allocated on a first come first serve basis, if you or your business would like to host an exhibition space please email before 17th November. There will also be space made available for brochure display at the event.


To register your interest in attending this event please email


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Spooktacular Events on offers for Halloween all across Wexford

‘GORE’Y’ Halloween Festival & Spooktacular Events on offers for Halloween all across Wexford

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 a family friendly fright-filled tour, a ‘Fright at the Museum’ with it a spooky trail 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.

FREE TO USE IMAGE - Pictured in Gorey town helping to announce details of a very ÔGoreyÕ Halloween Festival 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  Photograph Patrick Browne.

FREE TO USE IMAGE – Pictured in Gorey town helping to announce details of a very ÔGoreyÕ Halloween Festival 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 Photograph Patrick Browne.

Flying Witches, a street 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 this Halloween as the town launches ‘Gorey Halloween’ a festival filled with a frightful variety of events. 

Launching the festival Amanda Byrne Gorey District Manager said, “We’re planning a very harrowing Halloween in Gorey this year, visitors can come along and enjoy a good old fashioned scare with all of the businesses in the town taking part, Gorey will be a colourful place this Halloween. Visitors and locals alike can also get involved, try out building their own Scarecrow, take a trip on the Halloween Train or join our Fancy Dress competition, there’s a scare level for all ages and wits.”

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.

At Wells House take a step back in time and hear the stories that time would prefer to forget with the ‘Dare to Scare’ show through the grounds, woodland walks and 400 years old Wells House or join their Goulish Story Telling event and meet the Wells Witch for some ghoulish fun and terrifying tales of Halloween!  This story telling is aimed at younger children who want to experience the fun of Halloween.

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, you will also meet Jim Screech with his ‘owls of darkness’ and other birds-of-prey offering the opportunity to learn about and be photographed with these magnificent creatures. Children will also have the opportunity to get into character with face painting and fun tattoos by the Oddsocks children’s entertainment team. 

At the Irish National Heritage Park a Horrifying Histories event 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!”

Free To Use Image. Pictured at Gorey, Co. Wexford were Caoimhe O'Donohue and Doireann Doyle on Gorey Main Street looking forward to a GOREY Halloween. Picture: Patrick Browne.

Free To Use Image. Pictured at Gorey, Co. Wexford were Caoimhe O’Donohue and Doireann Doyle on Gorey Main Street looking forward to a GOREY Halloween. Picture: Patrick Browne.

Other Halloween highlights in Wexford include a Halloween Half Term Treasure Hunt at Kilmokea Gardens Fairy Village, Winston and Wizard and Pat the Pirate will visit the world’s oldest working lighthouse at the Hook Peninsula and Kia Ora Mini Farm will open the gates 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! The Wicked Witch is on her way to Ballycross Apple farm , visitors can enjoy this seasons apples and juices and Pumpkins galore and if you dare a visit to the Witches Cottage.

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

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Jack and John Butler Yeats Exhibition opens in Wexford

Jack and John Butler Yeats Exhibition opens in Wexford


A select collection of Jack and John Butler Yeats works from The Model, home of The Niland Collection has gone tour for the first time as works from two of Ireland’s major artists Jack B. Yeats and John B. Yeats opened at the Wexford Arts Centre on Saturday, October 17th at 4pm.

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17/10/2015. FREE TO USE IMAGE. Opening of Yeats & Son – John and Jack Butler Yeats at Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Pictured are Opening of Yeats & Son – John and Jack Butler Yeats at Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford. Pictured are John, Anna-Rose and Bobby Pitt from Wexford. Picture: Patrick Browne


The ‘Yeats & Son – John and Jack Butler Yeats’ exhibition was officially opened by Emer McGarry, Deputy Director of Model Arts and Niland Gallery and will remain in situ until November 21st.


28 different works are included in this exhibition with fourteen pieces by Jack B. Yeats and fourteen pieces by John B. Yeats going on display. In 2011 The Model exhibited a different selections of works under the title Yeats & Son and the work of both Jack B. Yeats and John B. Yeats has not toured elsewhere in Ireland in the past. 


Commenting at the launch of the exhibition, Ms McGarry said, “The Model is delighted to partner with Wexford Arts Centre on this exhibition by both John and Jack Butler Yeats.  The Niland Collection is centred around the work of the Yeats Family and this show marks the first time that a joint exhibition by father and son has been presented outside of Sligo.  Through our ongoing Niland Collection Touring Programming, we are very pleased to be in a position to share Sligo’s rich cultural heritage with audiences around the country.”


The Niland Collection was named after Nora Niland, the County Librarian, who began collecting this critical body of work in the 1950’s. What began by Nora borrowing five works by Jack B. Yeats has since grown to include over 300 works of Irish art.


We are delighted to host this prestigious exhibition in association with Wexford County Council and in partnership with The Model Sligo.” added Elizabeth Whyte, Executive Director, Wexford Arts Centre.  

In the year when we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of William Butler Yeats, it is fitting that we should host an exhibit of renowned artworks by his inspiring father John B. Yeats and brother Jack B. Yeats. Alongside this exhibition, we will also host a literary event featuring the works of W.B. Yeats on Monday 26th October 2pm read by local writers and writers from the Yeats International Literary residency with our Coracle Europe partners in Sweden and Wales. The Wexford Fringe and Opera Festival is an opportune time for Wexford Arts Centre to showcase national art of excellence to our local, national and international visitors alike and encourage all to avail of this unique experience to visit and absorb the beauty of this stunning collection of artworks from the West while it resides with us temporarily in the South East during the most vibrant time to be in Wexford for an arts and culture experience.” 


John Butler Yeats is widely known as an Irish portrait artist, illustrator and the father of poet William Butler Yeats and renowned artist Jack B. Yeats.  Although he initially studied and practised law, he soon took up painting and studied at the Heatherley School of Fine Art, London. His sensitivity as a portrait artist and painter was greatly admired, and his portraits effectively convey the immediacy and personality of the sitter. This close attention to his subject is visible through his portraits of Jennie and Susan Mitchell, where Yeats’ portrayal of the women shares the same intimate quality found in sketches of his own family. Yeats was a popular painter of children, and as can be seen through sketches of his children, particularly his daughter Lily Yeats, his ability to represent personality and character ran against conventional stereotypes and troupes found in Victorian art of the time. Later in life, Yeats moved from Ireland to America where his exposure to modernist art in New York affected his later work. He remained there for the rest of his life until his death in 1922.


The strength and lasting appeal of Jack B. Yeats work lies in his intensely personal response to his subject matter. He began his career as an illustrator of broad sheets and journals, where he developed the style of bold and linear lines one can see in his works up to 1920. Yeats captured the essence of human nature, individuality, humour, sadness and grief. Many themes he sketched from life by observing people in their environments and surrounding landscapes. He is known as one of the most important Irish artists of his time. Although he was not actively political, he painted some of the most important scenes of Irish history. Over the next forty years his subdued palette and tonal contrasts evolved through his use of vibrant colour, technique and application to an iconic style. This emotive way of working eventually saw him move beyond the use of linear lines in his work, which still maintained strong and directional slashes from the palette knife. As time progressed, his work became ever more abstract, experimental and deeply expressive but still looked to life and humanity as his source and inspiration.


Yeats & Son – John and Jack Butler Yeats will run in the upper and lower galleries of Wexford Arts Centre from Saturday 17th October to Saturday 21st November 2015.


This Exhibition was brought to Wexford by Wexford County Council and Visit Wexford, and the Board of Wexford Arts Centre


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Halloween Spirit is Alive and Well in Wexford

Halloween Spirit is Alive and Well in Wexford

For many of us Halloween conjures up images of trick or treating, dressing in ghoulish costume, pumpkin carving or bobbing for apples!

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However, these contemporary Halloween activities are based on practices dating back to the darker origins of Halloween, or Samhain. Around 2,000 years ago in Celtic Ireland, Samhain was the division of the year between summer and winter. During Samhain, the divide between this world and other domains was at its thinnest which gave spirits greater opportunity to pass through to this world.

This week we take a look at what one of Ireland’s most haunted houses ‘Loftus Hall’ ,has on offer for Halloween. Next week we will bring you news of a Gorey Halloween Festival plus some fantastic events taking place at Wexford top attractions for Halloween

Nestled on the Hook Peninsula in Co. Wexford in barren and austere surroundings, Loftus Hall’s heritage dates back 665 years to 1350. It is now a magnet for tourists, historians, and paranormal enthusiasts, who continue to document evidence of frequent paranormal activity in the house. Highlighting some of this activity, Loftus Hall will feature on TV3 this Halloween, with a fascinating account of an Irish Ghost Hunters Investigation.

According to Aidan Quigley, Owner of Loftus Hall, Loftus Hall is a very special, but unpredictable, place to be during Samhain. “We observe strange phenomena in the house throughout the year, but at Halloween, the house often surprises us.”

“At Loftus Hall, there is no need for overstated gory props or effects. The house has a very twisted and tortured history, and so naturally speaks for itself. We have had reports from many ghost hunting groups and spectre seekers who recount rather unsettling results, such as significant temperature drops, particularly in the Chapel and Tapestry Room, and spikes in electro-magnetic fields, indicating an unseen energy source. Visitors to Loftus Hall continually experience and qualify these findings, and many encounter things that they can’t quite explain. ”

The Loftus Hall Samhain Tours open to the public from October 17th and visitors should expect some strange and inexplicable goings-on.

If you want to experience Samhain in an authentic haunted house, Loftus Hall Hall’oween tours commence from October 17th with a range of family tours each day, adult night tours on October 24th, 25th, 30th and 31st, and the ultimate Halloween Paranormal Investigation Lockdown on the 7th November.

To find out more about the Daily Halloween Tours, Adult Night tours, or the Loftus Hall Halloween Lockdown at Loftus Hall  call 051 397728 or see

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Irish Kite Surfing Championships set for Air Time at Hooked Kite Fest

Irish Kite Surfing Championships set for Air Time in Wexford


Duncannon Beach in County Wexford is home to the National Kite Surfing Championships, which will take place during Hooked Kite Fest this August 22 and 23.

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The 2015 Irish Kite Surfing Championship programme was launched on Duncannon Beach. The Irish Kite-surfing Association and Hooked Kite-surfing host the Championships and spectators can look forward to over 50 kite-surfers from all across Ireland 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.


Round one of the competition has already taken place earlier this summer at Ballyholme Beach in County Down and there is still space for competitors to pre-register at 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 this years festival and competition is one not to be missed, “Duncannon Beach is a spot that never fails to deliver to action and excitement and this being the 6th year of Hooked Kitefest will be no exception. We are delighted to the large number of competitors already registered for this event and because the weather hasn’t been the best for sunbathing this summer it has been fantastic for Kite Surfing so everyone has been getting lots of practice sessions in; this is going to be a well fought competition with lots of thrills for competitors and spectators alike.


The Hooked Kite Fest also offers a host of free family fun and entertainment for landlubbers, including face painting, beach volleyball, kids power kite lessons, kids dance off, beach games, bungee trampoline, live music plus festival BBQ and beach party is also on offer.  For a full programme of see

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