Follow in the Footsteps of the Official Wexford Rose Tour 2023
Join sponsors Wexford County Council, Ashdown Park Hotel and Visit Wexford in welcoming the Rose of Tralee International Festival and this years 32 Roses to our corner of Ireland’s Ancient East this August 11th – 13th for the return of the official #WexfordRoseTour. Follow in the footsteps of the Roses throughout the three days and get a glimpse into the fun they’ll be getting up to in the sunny southeast.
Get ready to see them let their hair down, leave their heels by the tour bus and have fun on this exciting, jam-packed and thrilling Wexford Rose Tour.
Monck Street, Wexford town – Meet & Greet Stop
To kick off the #WexfordRoseTour2023, the Roses will be welcomed to the Wexford County Council Reception on Monck Street in Wexford town where they will be officially welcomed to the sunny southeast, enjoy live music, sample local food produce from Taste Wexford and of course say hello to all the locals and visitors that come to meet them
Main Street, Gorey – Meet & Greet Stop
Returning to Gorey town before they had back to the Ashdown Park Hotel, the sponsoring hosts of the tour, the Roses will be welcomed to Gorey town where they will walk down the beautifully colourful main street from the Garda Station as they are greeted by locals and visitors, stop by some shops, enjoy the music and buzz as they soak in the atmosphere.
Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey
The Roses will then return to the stunning 4* Ashdown Park Hotel for the evening where they will enjoy a ticketed BBQ hosted by this year’s sponsors in the Ashdown Park Hotel as they enjoy the craic agus ceoil, mix and mingle, and meet and greet the locals and visitors who want to pop by for a chat and photo opportunity with this years beautiful Roses. Purchase a ticket at www.ashdownparkhotel.com/events or call the Ashdown Park Hotel sales team on 053 9480500.
Hook Lighthouse, Hook Peninsula – Meet & Greet Stop
The first stop of the day is at the iconic Hook Lighthouse on the corner of the sunny southeast where the Roses will be guided to the top of the lighthouse to take in that incredible view, get some fun shots in front of this oldest operational lighthouse in the world and then greet locals and visitors before hitting the road again.
Hitting the beach, Baginbun will greet the Roses with a range of fun activities as they let their hair down, learn a little about the beaches history and then hit the waves with The Irish Experience for sea cave kayaking, enjoy a sauna experience and dip in the sea with Sweathouse.ie, roll out the yoga mats for a moment of wellness and play camogie with the sand between their toes. They couldn’t visit Wexford without enjoying some part of the 250km of Wexford’s coast!
We couldn’t leave the south east without stopping by the picturesque seaside village of Kilmore Quay where they’ll have a whistle-stop tour of the village’s harbour and seaside with a view of the famous Saltee Islands off in the distance. They might even meet a seal if they’re lucky!
Lobster Pot, Carne
To line their tummy’s in between the fun, the Rose tour bus will stop in the Lobster Pot Restaurant in Carne, where they’ll enjoy a delicious traditional seafood chowder and brown bread or a tasty seafood salad which will be devoured as they sit down, soak in the atmosphere, enjoy live music and catchup on their favourite part of the tour so far.
International Outdoor Adventure Centre (IOAC)
To end the day before heading back to the Ashdown Park Hotel for the Gala Dinner night hosted by the wonderful sponsors at the Ashdown Park Hotel, the Roses will hit the road to the International Outdoor Adventure Centre (IOAC) for even more craic. From crate stacking, archery, high ropes and more, the Roses will make the best memories in these fun interactive activities in the south.
Ashdown Park Hotel for the Wexford Rose Tour Gala Dinner
Back to the Ashdown Park Hotel to don their gladrags for the Gala Dinner, it’s a night of fun lined up for the Roses! With a Taste Wexford menu featuring many of Wexford’s award-winning local producers and Redmond Farm beef, there will be plenty of food, fun and music to fill the dance floor all night. The Ashdown Park Hotel team certainly know how to put on a wonderful show. Share a table of eight with an International Rose and enjoy a night of fun with the Rose of Tralee International Festival. Book a table or individual seat at www.ashdownparkhotel.com/events. Call the Ashdown Park Hotel sales team on 053 9480500 to purchase tickets.
New Ross town – Meet & Greet Stop
The Roses will start the last day of their tour in New Ross with a walking tour of the historic town with Myles Courtney of New Ross Street Focus Tours. They will arrive at the Maiden Gate in the Irishtown and walk through the High Hill Norman Garden to The Tholsel building. They will then walk through New Ross’ laneways as they explore some of the wonderful town murals before heading to the President John F. Kennedy statue on the Quayfront to mark the 60th Anniversary since the Kennedy visit to New Ross. And finally, the Roses will get a group photo in front of the Emigrant Flame celebrating the Roses and the wider Diaspora with Dunbrody Famine Ship in the background. Come say hi to the Roses in New Ross!
Between both towns, the Rose tour bus will stop by Wexford Rose 2023, Brónagh Hogan’s hometown of Clonroche where she will be greeted by family and friends for a photo in the Millenium Park before they wave her off for the rest of the 10-day Rose tour across Ireland and what’s to come for her in Tralee, County Kerry.
Market Square, Enniscorthy town – Meet & Greet Stop
With the tour almost coming to an end, the Roses couldn’t leave County Wexford without hitting Enniscorthy’s market square for craic agus ceoil – they’ll certainly soak up the fun here. As another of County Wexford’s very historic towns, Enniscorthy town will welcome the Roses with open arms. They’ll head up the very ‘Instagrammable,’ Slaney Street, where a ‘roof’ of colourful umberella’s will lead them to Market Square and a stream of Wexford smiles, greetings and strawberries await them. Come meet and greet the Roses in Market Square, Enniscorthy!
Bunclody Golf and Fishing Club
Before the Roses depart the sunny southeast and hit the road to Kildare, they will be greeted at Bunclody Golf Club by Captain Sean Earley and Lady Captain Ann Steemers. With an array of tasty, colourful and beautifully presented salads celebrating Wexford’s local producers by Taste Wexford, the Roses will sit down to a light lunch, reminisce on the Wexford Rose Tour memories they’ve made and finish their time here with us on the putting green with some putting and golf buggy fun.
On behalf of sponsors Wexford County Council and Ashdown Park Hotel, we’re so looking forward to hosting the Rose of Tralee International Festival and the 32 Roses as they make truly unforgettable memories on the Wexford Rose Tour.