Ireland's Ancient East

Thousands of years of history has left a remarkably rich cultural heritage right across Wexford. Begin your discovery of this rich tapestry of history with a visit to the popular and iconic destinations that give the county its title as the cornerstone of Ireland’s Ancient East. A series of historical attractions and ruins lie waiting to be explored along with some of the most spectacular rural and coastal scenic areas in the country, including Hook Peninsula, Johnstown Castle, Duncannon Fort, Loftus Hall and Tintern Abbey. Immerse yourself in an educational tour, or enjoy a leisurely walk in this extraordinary landscape.

1798 New Ross Rebellion Re-enactment

Sat 16th June - Sat 16th June
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1798 New Ross Rebellion Re-enactment Saturday 16th June Experience the atmosphere of the 1798 Rebellion on Mary St New Ross on Saturday 16th June as history comes to life to commemorate the 220th anniversary of the Rebellion of 1798.  Enjoy photo opportunities on the quay front beside The Dunbrody Famine Ship before gathering on Mary […]

1798 Rebellion Re-Enactment

Sun 17th June - Sun 17th June
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15th to 17th June 2018 The bustling town of Enniscorthy has planned the perfect outing this summer as they commemorate the 220th Anniversary of the 1798 Rebellion of Vinegar Hill & host the All Ireland Farmers Market in Abbey Square on Sunday 17th June. Throughout the weekend of the 15th to the 17th of June […]

1798 Rebellion Re-Enactment

Sat 16th June - Sun 17th June
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15th to 17th June 2018 The bustling town of Enniscorthy has planned the perfect outing this summer as they commemorate the 220th Anniversary of the 1798 Rebellion of Vinegar Hill & host the All Ireland Farmers Market in Abbey Square on Sunday 17th June. Throughout the weekend of the 15th to the 17th of June […]

1798 Rebellion Re-Enactment

Fri 15th June - Sun 17th June
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15th to 17th June 2018 The bustling town of Enniscorthy has planned the perfect outing this summer as they commemorate the 220th Anniversary of the 1798 Rebellion of Vinegar Hill & host the All Ireland Farmers Market in Abbey Square on Sunday 17th June. Throughout the weekend of the 15th to the 17th of June […]

The Norman Way Carriage Trails

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 Discover the Norman Way in a horse drawn carriage This trip gives you the chance to go back in time and see various medieval sites along the route, taking in the stunning scenery and landscape on the way. Discover the Norman Way in a horse drawn carriage This trip gives you the chance to go […]

Traditional Blacksmith Workshop

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Have you ever daydreamed about working in a Forge, using only your hands and brute force to craft something practical and beautiful?   Perhaps it’s something that your ancestors did and have often wondered what it was like, Or maybe it’s a career change your looking for, but want to try it first before packing the […]

An Emigrant’s Tale Tour

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How many people of Irish descent live across the globe? Too many to count, and on St Patrick’s Day, it seems everyone has a little Irish in them! Many people return to Ireland to trace their roots, to visit the homestead their ancestors left behind and to reconnect with the land. On a day out […]

The Stormin’ Normans Tour

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Interested in the medieval era? This was a time of brave Knights and proud Ladies, there are literally hundreds of stories to tell. Tales of intrigue, desire, alliances and betrayal!   This wonderful day tour will give you a fuller understanding of Ireland’s Medieval past while at the same time allowing you to explore a little […]

The Ring of Hook Tour

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Hook Peninsula is one of my favourite areas of Wexford County, very lush, green and fertile land on one side and the wild Irish sea on the other! This set tour takes you through an area with narrow and winding country roads and pretty villages with some quite remarkable stories behind them. All you need to […]

The Kennedy Story and the emigrant trail

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Wexford has unique Irish American links being the ancestral home to President John F. Kennedy. Visitors can explore this connection through the emigrant trail, visiting the Kennedy Homestead, the JFK Memorial Park and the Emigrant Flame and Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of the famine ship which his great grandfather left Ireland aboard.

The Norman Way

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In 1166, Diarmuid MacMurrough was ousted as King of Leinster, fled Ireland and sought help from Henry II. Henry gave Diarmuid permission to recruit mercenaries and authorised his subjects to help Diarmuid. In May 1169 the Normans first landed in Ireland at Bannow Bay in Wexford. They set about conquering Leinster and the territories over […]

Woodville House and Gardens

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Woodville House is a fine five bay, two storey over basement Georgian house dating from about 1800 situated above the river Barrow. The property was acquired by P J Roche, great grandfather of the present owner in 1876 and is now occupied by the 5th generation of Roches to live there. It is thought to […]