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County Wexford

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Wexford

Wexford County, in Southeast Ireland, is the country's caravan and camping capital. The county is covered in caravans along the long sandy beaches which benefit from the warmer and sunnier climate than the north and west of Ireland.

The longest continuous beach in Ireland runs for about 27 km and extends from Kilmuckridge which is a few miles south of Cahore Point down as far as Raven Point which is on the northern side of Wexford Harbour which is a shallow bay.

The county is characterised by a few rolling hills with Tara Hill (272m) to the north, while the west of the county bordering County Carlow lines the Blackstairs Mountains where the highest peak Mount Leinster reaches 793m (2,605ft). The south is generally flat, but once you round the south east corner of Ireland at Carnsore Point, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean, there is a noticeable difference in the sea as it generally appears bluer and it is considerably deeper.

Also of notable interest are the Saltee Islands lying off the south coast and these are an important bird sanctuary. As the islands are privately owned, boating trips may only go around and navigate around them.


Towns[edit]

  • Wexford - county town and originally an old viking town.
  • Courtown - This is a seaside town with many caravan parks around and in it.
  • Gorey - This is on the main Dublin - Wexford road.
  • Enniscorthy - has Strawberry fair every July and historic site of 1798 rebellion
  • New Ross
  • Rosslare - The ferry port is located just outside Wexford
  • Kilmore Quay - Fishing village located along the south coast.

Other destinations[edit]

  • Kilmuckridge
  • Blackwater
  • Carnsore -located at the very south east corner of Ireland
  • Fethard on Sea -located along the south coast.

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  • Rosslare Ferryport -ferries to UK and France
  • From north: N11 Road from Dublin
  • From west: Waterford - New Ross road
  • Dublin - Rosslare railway

Get around[edit]

There is an Irish Rail service a few times daily from Dublin to Gorey to Wexford Town to Rosslare

Bus Eireann operate regular services to all the main towns and also operate a range of rural routes linking outlying areas to major towns. Many of these routes only operate on one or two days a week. Other bus companies including Wexford Bus, Ardcavan and Kilbride Coaches also operate routes.

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The famous J.F.Kennedy Park. It is 250 hectare park in size to the memory of the late John F Kennedy. It contains an Arboretum which of international standing.

The Irish National Heritage Park which has a reconstruction of a stone age settlement. It is located in Ferrycarrig. More details at [1]

Johnstown Castle. It is in the grounds is the Irish Agricultural Museum.

Wexford County Museum Castle Hill, Enniscorthy

Guillemot Maritime Museum Kilmore Quay, located in South Co. Wexford. The Maritime Museum is housed on board the lightship Guillemot.

Hook Head and Lighthouse. This is located on the eastern side of the entrance to Waterford harbour at the very south west tip of the county. It is an good area for sea-bird watching.

Tintern Abbey. This is a Cistercian abbey located near Saltmills which lies on Bannow Bay in the South West part of the county

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  • Fr. Murphy Centre (Boolavogue), Boolavogue, Ferns, Co. Wexford (16 km from Gorey heading to Wexford), 053 9366898, [2]. 10-5. Set in a tranquil rural setting, this house and farmyard were once home to Fr. John Murphy, immortalised in the popular ballad, "Boolavogue". Fr. Murphy got caught up in the 1798 Rebellion and was killed by Crown forces after a military tribunal. Here, the house and yard have been restored and span a 250-year period embracing both the historical and rural aspects of the area. Traditional music every Wednesday night during July and August. €6 adult €4 senior citizens.  edit

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