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St John's Road,
Local points of interest from Caitríona Ní Chatháin:
- Steeped in history the Anglo-Norman intervention began in Ireland in the late 12th C. in Wexford when the Norman long-boats landed on the beautiful beach at Fethard-on-Sea called 'Bag n Bun', our own King of Leinster Dermot McMurrough invited Earl Of Pembroke, (alias Strongbow) Richard de Clare to help him recapture Leinster in return for his lands and daughter Aoife.
- A 90 minute Historical walking tour begins daily at 11.00 from the Tourist Office (except Sundays, and not during Nov Dec Jan & Feb) (for €4 per person.). Why not get a thumbnail sketch history of our town, county & country before going further a field.
- An abridged historical tour of 45 mins also takes place daily at 15:00 from Selskar Abbey built by Wiliam Marshall, married to the daughter of Strongbow & Aoife MacMurrough namely Isabel de Clare the 4th Countess of Pembroke and granddaughter of King of Leinster.
- Slaney Tours cater for individuals and groups of all sizes, airport drops as well as scintillating tours. I can drop off/collect nearby but I'd rather delegate to the professional taxi driver the inimitable Jim Shannon. His wife and son also work in this unique enterprise.
- Hook Safari is another truly wonderful tour not just because of the superbly knowledgeable & entertaining guide Sean Cooke but because of the route, scenery and subject matter.
- But staying close to town (5 km roughly) one could visit Wexford Wildfowl Reserve in Winter & you may see Greenland white-fronts, Brent Geese from Arctic Canada, Whooper & Bewick's Swans, the Barnacle & Pink-footed Goose, Peregrine, Merlin, Kestrel, Hen Harrier and Buzzard. Black-Tailed Godwits, Golden Plover, Curlew & Lapwing...
- (Also within 5 km of town roughly) lies The Irish Heritage park, so don't confine yourself to centenary celebrations in 2016 but go right back to the beginning of time when you explore reconstructed historical sites depicting 9000 years of life in Ireland - and let the gifted story tellers of the heritage park bring it to life for you in this magical setting.
- Take a walk on the majestic Curracloe beach (Featured in 'Brooklyn' Nov 2015 with Saoirse Ronan and Julie Walters; the Wexford blockbuster by local author Colm Tobin, it also featured in 'Saving Private Ryan' some years ago by Stephen Speilberg featuring Tom Hanks, no less! not to mention the Drama Series - "Clean Break" October 2015 showing on RTE. by our local celebrity playwright Billy Roche).
- We are a 15 minute drive i.e. about 12 kms from Culleton's gap car park where you can enjoy a 6 mile loop walk taking in the Raven a nesting area for the migrant wildfowl. Sometimes with just a seal for sporadic company the scenery seems to boast a new theme every day, with tide & light always changing.
- Wexford BDC local authority have drawn up plans to create a public walkway from town to the Raven through the North Sloblands and on to Curracloe, This would be a boon for the town as we all crave a walk on a southfacing facade by the sea, our promenade where the old wooden-works lay is only a taste of what could be, giddy up there....
- Make the most of walks, coastal & hilly & enjoy the splendid Kilmokea Country House and gardens one of the many on our County garden and craft trail by car, (notwithstanding the wonderful craft shop the Blue Egg which is a 3 minute walk from Cuasnóg & we have a number of art galleries, like the Denis Collins & Padraig Grant studio or the gallery upstairs over Greenacres).
- Wexford is Ireland's home of opera but we are an eclectic population & an Irish traditional music session and sean nós dancing can be enjoyed most Sunday mornings in the 'Centenary Stores' pub.. after a sung mass or service what could be nicer?
- We have a weekly 'Trad Trail' to boot, featuring `10 venues. Scroll down this 'wexlive'website to see the umpteen "Residency gigs" in the town & county, from tea dances to line dancing.
- If you want indoor activities there are pools, spas, not to mention Japa meditation with Calodagh & yoga with Suzanne or if you want to learn to throw pottery, Mairead will teach you in Ballyelland Pottery, The Old Mill Castlebridge.
- I have run out of steam but I have yet to expound on water activities, diving, sea shore angling & deep sea fishing, diving, the Harbour Thrills etc & to tell you about our Golf links & parklands.
- When planning your visit don't hesitate to ask us any questions & remember to check out visitwexford.ie
- For those relying on public transport I can certainly try to arrange some engaging days in conjunction with you.