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.

Niall Roche Hooked Kite fest 

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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Wexford Street Performer and Buskers Competition

Wexford Street Performer and Buskers Competition

Wexford locals and visitors can enjoy listening to great Wexford talent on the Wexford Streets each Friday from Friday 7th to Friday 21st August at various locations each week.


The performances will take place between 6pm-8pm as part of a Visit Wexford initiative to attract and provide entertainment for visitors during the quiet time in town when shops and visitor centres close. The call out for performers supported by Wexford Arts Centre has helped discover some great emerging talent in Wexford town.

The line up will include: Friday 7th August at Bull Ring: The Wha, Megan Kate Doolan and The Gallivants.

Friday 14th August, Bloco Garman Samba Drum Band and Rachel Grace at Selskar Square

Friday 21st August, Shelly O’Grady on Harp, Ciara O Doherty and The Five Nines will perform outside Buglar Doyles, South Main Street.

All acts will also take part in a finale performance in The Bullring starting at 8pm with special guest judge Jackie Hayden, acclaimed music industry figure and author and former General Manager of Hot Press Magazine.

The winner of €500 will be based on votes by the public attending performances and the special judge’s vote. So come out and support Wexford talent and Wexford town. Nearby bars at locations The Undertakers, Buglar Doyles and Green Acres will have outdoor seating and provide refuge should the weather change.

For further information visit and and related Facebook pages featuring artist videos.


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‘Sand Angel’ World Record Attempt to be held at 29th annual Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival

‘Sand Angel’ World Record Attempt to be held at 29th annual Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival


Duncannon Beach in County Wexford is set to host the 29th annual Sand Sculpting Festival, which this year is taking place from August 7th to 9th this year. The festival will hold a World Record attempt as part of the 2015 festival.

 Duncannon sandsculpting

This fun packed family festival opens with a giant beach party on Friday night with a Beach Party filled with live music, Family Beach Games and Competitions followed by a DJ and a fireworks display to light up the night skies after dark.


Festivities commence again on Saturday morning when the professional sand sculpting exhibition will be unveiled on the beach, professional sculptors from ‘Duathain Dealbh’ meaning ‘fleeting sculpture’ will have created a village of Knights & Princesses.


Locals and visitors are invited to join in the world record attempt at 2pm on the beach in an attempt to create the most ‘Sand Angels’.


Following the world record attempt at 3pm the Barrack Street Band will entertain on the village Green and Family fun events will be on offer throughout the day, including Painting Wall, Bungee Trampoline, Water Zorbing, Tug O war, Human Fuzzball and Childrens bEACH Games. An exhibition Cricket Match and Mens Wrestling will also take place.


On Sunday, August 9th an Amateur Sand sculpting competition will take place with the winners receiving the David Brown Memorial and prizes for best sculptures. Sights of the festive season will come early as a 1 mile ‘Santa Dash’ will take place on the beach and live music, street theatre and comedy will take place. The festival will close with an amazing fire sculpture on Sunday evening. 


For further details on the festival see

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Europe’s largest ‘Art in the Open’ Festival commences in Wexford

Europe’s largest ‘Art in the Open’ Festival commences in Wexford


Many scenic vistas in the Southeast will be captured by some of the world’s finest ‘Plein Air’ artists this week as Europe’s largest outdoor painting festival Art in the Open opens today Monday, July 27th and runs for a full week until Monday, August 3rd.


A large number of high profile international artists have descended on County Wexford coming from thirteen countries including Australia, Canada, Norway, Sweden and of course the US, UK and Ireland to compete for up to €5,000 in awards.

FREE TO USE IMAGE. Art In The Open. Enjoying 'Art in the Open' is Artist Tom King at Carne Beach, Co Wexford - Europe’s largest Art in the Open Festival opens today Monday, July 27 and runs until Monday, August 3rd 2015 – Photograph Patrick Browne.

The Art in the Open festival is based on the concept that all work is created outdoors at a daily paint-out location.  Artists must register at each paint-out with a blank canvas which is stamped daily and over the next few hours must capture their own image of the beautiful surroundings.  Each artist can enter two paintings for the Gala Exhibition in the Old Library in Wellington Place, Wexford town centre on Sunday 2nd August at 3pm.


The public are encouraged to watch this creative process at any of the six paint-out locations, including the infamous Hook Head, the fishing village of Kilmore Quay, the historic Wells House near Gorey and the Viking town of Wexford or enjoy the Charity Quick Draw which  will take place at Wexford’s Bullring on Sunday 2nd August at 1pm. The public are welcome to join in this fun event for a €5 registration fee.  Proceeds will go to the Windmill Therapeutic Centre.


Other highlights of the festival includes a free lecture by Sinead Rice of the National Gallery of Ireland at the National Opera House on Bank Holiday Monday, August 3rd.  Several workshops and demonstrations take place throughout the week by well-known international artists, including Leon Holmes from Australia, Vincent Crotty from the USA, Antti Rautiola from Finland and Rachel Personett from the USA.

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Festivals Galore for Enniscorthy – Battles and a Rockin Food Fest


Rebels and Redcoats to take to Vinegar Hill for Massive Battle Reenactment

The fourth annual reenactment of the Battle of Vinegar Hill is set to take place at the historic Enniscorthy location this Saturday and Sunday, August 1st and 2nd and organiser’s say over 500 Rebels and Redcoats are set to take to the battlefield. This year the Battle event has joined forces with the Enniscorthy Rock ‘n Roll Town Festival and the Enniscorthy Food Festival so all three events now take place during the August Bank holiday weekend

The largest annual battle re-enactment in Ireland will offer spectators the opportunity to see pike charging Rebels and musket wielding Redcoats recreate the most significant battles in Ireland’s history, the 1798 Rebellion.

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Manager of Enniscorthy Castle and the 1798 Centre Rory O’Connor says that calls of ‘MAKE READY, PRESENT, FIRE’ will be heard throughout the weekend. “Our Battle re-enactors have been practicing their drills on Vinegar Hill for the last number of months, we even had a battalion travel to Waterloo earlier this summer to participate in what was the bicentenary Waterloo Battle Re-enactment so we are well prepared to showcase the sights, sounds and smells of the 1798 Battle with pike charges, musket volleys, cavalry assaults and cannon bombardments, it will be two days filled with action offering all spectators the opportunity to live, breathe and witness a re-creation of history.”

The highlight of each day will be the staging of two full-scale battle re-enactments on view freely to the public, with the Rebels capturing Enniscorthy Town on Saturday, August 1st while the Redcoats take Vinegar Hill on Sunday, August 2nd. Visitors are invited to watch the two armies fight amidst gunfire and explosions, pike charges and cannon fire on the notorious battleground overlooking Enniscorthy.

‘Unit 21’ the young Rebel Camp is currently open for registrations, the children’s rank will be in the middle of the action and the last line of defence when the redcoats attempt to ‘take the camp’ on the Hill on Sunday, August 2nd. Joining the forces promises the young rebels a fun day out immersed in living history. If you think you have what it takes children can enlist to join the rebel forces at

Other Rebellious events taking place over the weekend include a special wreath laying ceremony, commemorating all those who died in the 1798 Rebellion which will be held at Market Square following the Battle Re-enactment of Enniscorthy Town on August the 1st.

Members of the public both young and old can also experience what life was like for a soldier during the 1798 Rebellion at either the Crown Force Garrison in Enniscorthy Castle on August 1st or at the Rebel Camp at the National 1798 Rebellion Centre on August 1st and at Vinegar Hill on August 2nd. An Antiques Fair will also take place at the Riverside Park Hotel on August 2nd.

Each year the Battle of Vinegar Hill Re-enactment attracts thousands of spectators to Enniscorthy as the town explodes into rebellion and this year the event has joined forces with the Enniscorthy Rock n Roll Town Festival and the Enniscorthy Food Festival so all three events now take place during the August Bank holiday weekend offering locals and visitors four days of unique experiences, great local food produce and entertainment at venues across the historic town from July 31st to August 3rd.

The Battle of Vinegar Hill was the final major battle of the Irish Rebellion of 1798. Over 10,000 crown forces launched an attack on Vinegar Hill, overlooking Enniscorthy in County Wexford, which was then occupied by over 20,000 rebels and camp followers. This was the largest rebel camp and headquarters of the Wexford United Irishmen and their supporters. It marked a turning point in the Irish Rebellion of 1798 as it was the last major attempt by the rebels to hold and defend ground against the crown forces / the army of King George III. The battle was actually fought in two locations: on Vinegar Hill itself and in the streets of nearby Enniscorthy.

The Enniscorthy Food Festival

The Enniscorthy Food Festival is set to host over 50 exhibitors, showcasing an array of local produce and crafts from Wexford and beyond. Talented chefs from across the South East will cook up a storm combining classic and imaginative cooking with local and seasonal ingredients creating unique dishes with a depth of flavour. Visitors can wash all this delicious food down with tasty, locally produced craft beer and cider at the beer marquee.

Enniscorthy Rock ‘n’ Roll Town Festival

Now in its 6th year, Enniscorthy Rock ‘n’ Roll Town Festival is based on 1950’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rockabilly and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues music and attracts visitors to town from all over Ireland and across Europe. This year’s events will showcase numerous renowned national and international artists preforming in various pubs around the town throughout the weekend. Family concerts will be performed on outdoor stages in Market Square (August 1st) and Abbey Square (August 2nd) and members of the public are invited to an outdoor staging of “Grease” in Market Square on August 1st. This year’s Rock N Roll Festival will also see the return of the vintage car show will be hosted by the “Wexford Sports and Classic Car Club” and will also feature the 2nd annual All Ireland Competition for the best 1950’s Classic Car in Abbey Square Car Park on Saturday 2nd August.

For further details on the festivals see

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RTE Nationwide to feature two Wexford Special Programmes on Tourism

The RTE TV cameras have been busy visiting many tourism attractions from the North to the South of Wexford. Two RTE Nationwide programmes are set to be aired on July 6th and July 8th with both programmes featuring content dedicated to Wexford’s fine tourism sites and attractions.

On Monday, July 6th RTE Nationwide will feature a full programme captured at tourism sites in North Wexford all with a heritage focus; this programme will feature Enniscorthy Castle, the 1798 National Rebellion Centre, Vinegar Hill, Heritage Tours Wexford, Oulart Hill, Ferns Village and Wells House.

The programme set to air on July 8th starts with a tour of some South Wexford sites with Sean Cooke and Hooked Safari’s, followed by the thrills and spills of adventure in Wexford with Sheilbaggan and Niall Roche at Hooked Kite Surfing. The camera along with presenter Mary Kennedy also visit Kilmokea House and Gardens, Johnstown Castle, Rathaspeck Manor and Dolls House and Greenacres Restaurant in Wexford town where they chat about the array of Wexford produce on offer.

Commenting on the programmes, Chair of Visit Wexford Bettie Marie Burger-Smit said, “These programmes are a fantastic showcase of the tourism offering in Wexford, it raises awareness of what’s on offer in North and South Wexford to the whole country, the average RTE Nationwide viewership figures are approximately half a million people for each programme so we are delighted to be working with RTE and promoting Wexford to such a huge audience.”

The RTE Nationwide programmes will air on RTE 1 on Monday, July 6th and Wednesday, July 8th at 7pm.

Watch the Promo Video here –

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Ireland’s official Fourth of July Celebrations Announced

 The fourth annual Irish America Celebrations in New Ross sees an action packed programme of events for Ireland’s official July 4 celebrations commencing on Friday July third and running all weekend until July 5th. Irish America Fest promises to be an exciting weekend for all the family to celebrate the U.S holiday in style with events continuing throughout the weekend.

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The weekend’s activities will kick off on Friday from noon, with Arts and Crafts on the Quayside, along with a Carnival and will finish off Friday night with live entertainment on the main stage with a fantastic line up of nationally renowned artists and bands including Frances Black, Sharon Shannon and The Fureys.


Saturday will be keeping in line with US traditions whereby the Declaration is read from the ‘Old State House’ in Boston, there will be a reading of the ‘Declaration of Independence’ by the ‘Town Crier’ at The Tholsel at noon. You will see New Ross businesses host some Al Fresco Dining at South Street while you enjoy live entertainment with a U.S. Flavour as tribute bands for Johnny Cash and Garth Brooks take to the stage. Saturday’s celebrations will come to a close with a spectacular Fourth of July style fireworks display over the River Barrow at 10.30pm.


Joining in the festivities will be Hook Lighthouse who will host the Waterford Wolves American Football Club, as well as all day barbeques, family fun and events.

Busker’s Sunday promises to be an eclectic finale to the celebrations with a variety of musicians lining the town’s streets, adding to the festival atmosphere. A pirate Festival day will take place at Hook Lighthouse and Al Fresco dining with local businesses will take place on South Street along with Arts and Crafts on the quayside.


Commenting on the festival weekend committee member Sean Connick said, “We are delighted to be hosting our fourth annual 4th of July, Irish America Festival Celebrations, we hope that our U.S. visitors make their way to New Ross to celebrate their national holiday with us, It’s going to be a great weekend of celebrating our unique Irish American links with lots of events on offer for all ages and tastes”


For further festival details see


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Enniscorthy Strawberry, Culture & Food Fest 2015

The 48th Strawberry Fest is about Wexford strawberries, the All-Ireland Farmers Market Competition and the County Show providing food, cooking demos, competitions and family events.

The festivities get underway from Wednesday June 24th and run until Sunday June 28th inclusive.

The opening night sees the Strawberry Ball take place and the Strawberry Queen Competition is launched with an all-Wexford produced four-course dinner, dancing and colleens competing to win the coveted Strawberry Queen Crown.

Picking up some Strawberries ahead of the Strawberry Festival in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford this weekend is Amelia Harrington age 4 at Wheelock’s Fruit Farm, for festival details see – photograph Patrick Browne.

Picking up some Strawberries ahead of the Strawberry Festival in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford this weekend is Amelia Harrington age 4 at Wheelock’s Fruit Farm, for festival details see – photograph Patrick Browne.

The Princesses meet and greet visitors at the various food and fun venues on Saturday from the Nevin Maguire Cookery Demonstrations at the County Show to A Taste of Wexford Strawberries Homecook & Chef Competitions.

All weekend the best of Ireland and Wexford food competes at the All-Ireland Farmers Market Competition. It is a great way to taste food that you can buy at markets all over Ireland, in ONE place. Judging takes place on Sunday for both the food and the Strawberry Queen. There is wonderful entertainment for families during the day with free events such as the art trail, Teddy Bears Picnic, fairy tales and disco in the castle, facepainting, music plus fringe events.

The nights will be a feast of rockin’ and jivin’ at the Strawberry Roots Pub Trail. Adults seeking culture and craic can enjoy Focal Has Talent on Friday and the Faerie Queen Feast on Saturday.


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Country’s Largest Maritime Festival set to make a splash in Wexford 

Wexford Maritime Festival

The programme details for the annual Wexford maritime Festival has been launched in Wexford today (Thursday June 11th) with Maritime activities, childresn events, entertainment, local food produce and exhibitions all on offer to the expected crowds of over 30,000 visitors this June 20th and 21st.

Wexford Maritime Featival. Picture: Patrick Browne

Wexford Maritime Featival. Picture: Patrick Browne

This year’s festival has major new events and organisers are expecting the  largest ever crowds to visit Wexford quayside over the festival weekend. The festival, now in its fourth year, is Ireland’s largest maritime festival and each year attracts over 30,000 people to the quays of the Sunny South East town.

Some of the festival highlights include a Search and Rescue Demonstration by the Irish Maritime Search and Rescue Services involving the Air Corps Casa Fixed Wing Aircraft, the Air Corps 139 Helicopter, The Irish Coast Guard, the RNLI Lifeboats.

A blue Light Village featuring all of the countries emergency services will feature on the Quayside, visitors can meet the members of the RNLI, Irish Water Safety, Civil Defence Naval Service, Coast Guard water units whom will offer some insights on life in the emergency services. The ‘Try it Dock’ is back and this year it offers visitors the opportunity to try out Kayaking, Canoeing, Powerboating, Waterskiing and coracle rowing on Saturday and Sunday afternoon all under the careful watch of profesional instructors.

Commenting on the upcoming festival, one of the festival organisers Lorraine Galvin said, “Our 2015 festival programme is the biggest yet, this is set to be a fanastic weekend in Wexford, we’re expecting well over 30,000 visitors and there are lots of free events on the programme for everyone to enjoy.”

Free events include a ‘Try a Dive’ , Wexford’s Sub Aqua Club are offering the opportunity to try out Scuba Diving for the first time with all equipement and instruction will be provided.  A model boat village, a Food Village, a Dance and Performers Showcase and live music will all ensure a fun festival atmosphere with a free Aerobatic Airshow set to offer thrills to spectators on Sunday afternoon.

The Wexford Food Family will host a market of local producers, chef demonstrations and outdoor seating area in view of the main stage where County Wexford’s finest performers will play live all weekend.  With over 40 events, free activities and attractions, Wexford quay is the place to be. See

Free To Use Image. Getting some practise in ahead of the Wexford Maritime Festival are brothers Scott (age 8) and Rhys (age 5) Foley; the country’s largest maritime festival will be celebrated in Wexford from June 20 to 21 on Wexford's Quayside – see Picture: Patrick Browne.

Free To Use Image. Getting some practise in ahead of the Wexford Maritime Festival are brothers Scott (age 8) and Rhys (age 5) Foley; the country’s largest maritime festival will be celebrated in Wexford from June 20 to 21 on Wexford’s Quayside – see Picture: Patrick Browne.

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Inaugural Traditional Kite Flying and Balloon Festival Announced in Wexford

Pictured helping to announce a brand new Kite Flying and Baloon Festival in Wexford is sister and brother Rachel (age 10) and James Reburn age 8; the festival which features lots of old-fashioned family fun takes place in Duncannon during the June bank-holiday weekend. See Ð Photograph Patrick Browne.

Pictured helping to announce a brand new Kite Flying and Baloon Festival in Wexford is sister and brother Rachel (age 10) and James Reburn age 8; the festival which features lots of old-fashioned family fun takes place in Duncannon during the June bank-holiday weekend. See Ð Photograph Patrick Browne.

A brand new festival featuring some old-fashioned events has been anounced in Wexford. The Kite Flying and Ballooning festival is set to attract families to Duncannon Beach for some traditional family fun during the June bank-holiday weekend.

The festivies begin on Saturday evening with a Ping Pong Ball race from the top of the Village to the beach and on Sunday, May 31st the festival will host a number of free family fun activities including Kite making Workshops from noon to 2pm on the Green in Duncannon Village and Kite Flying and lessons on Duncannon Beach from 2pm to 4pm. A bumper raffle is also on offer with chance to win a hot air balloon ride for two!

Organisers of the festival say they plan to revive the ‘good old fashion family fun day out’ Philip Wallace of the Duncannon Village Renewal says, “We are delighted to launch a brand new Festival for Wexford, the country is filled with festivals these days however we felt that there was a niche for a traditional, good old fashioned day out festival where activities from days gone by are revived. The will be flying hundreds of small kites, ones which some kids today may never have had the chance to try out before, so we look forward to welcming lots of families to Duncannon over the june bank holiday weekend.”

A Hot Air Balloon will also take to the beach offering children a cahnce to ‘lift-off’ in it’s tethered basket.  A Chilli Cook Off for some of the older members of the family will also be on offer on Sunday afternon from 4pm along with Water Zorbing and Surf Riding with live music commencing in the afternoon and into the evening with a music trail at the various village venues later in the evening.

The majority of events are are free and some are on offer for a nominal fee. For further festival details see

The majority of events are are free and some are on offer for a nominal fee. For further festival details see

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