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County Wexford / Co. Loch Garman

The history of Wexford town began when St. Ibar landed there in AD420, which was before St. Patrick arrived twelve years later, and founded a monastery. In 819 the Vikings arrived to plunder and pillage and later set up a trading post. But the county was settled, in fact, 9000 years ago, a past that can be seen in the Irish National heritage Park outside Wexford town. There has, indeed, been a settlement in Wexford (Lough of Garman) since the earliest of times; it is even marked on the 2nd century map of Ptolemy.

At the Irish National Heritage Park at Ferrycarrig the traveller can enter a wonderland of history through re-created Stone Age and Bronze Age, see the River Slaney which flows through the park where a Viking long-boat bobs on the water. Rosslare Harbour has been the entry and exit point to Ireland for many Irish people; but today for the visitor to the sunny South East there are many activities from which to choose. From Gorey to Ballyhack there are long beaches and swimming facilities; and for the traveller there are nature trails and a rich countryside to explore. In the north of the country Gorey is a very pleasant town with woods and countryside and near the sandy beach and the sea at Courtown. Three miles north again is a delightful seaside resort with a golden beach and which is an exceptional place for the visitor to relax. If you head south you will arrive at the village of Clogh which is set in agreeable farmland, with country walks and the visitor will find here an area rich in flora and fauna. A few miles south the visitor will find another little village with very pleasant people to greet you - and always you will come across an excellent pub where there is music and open-air dancing. Try to visit Enniscorthy, it has a splendid Normal Castle which gleams with white limewash with an imposing gateway above massive walls; it has a lovely location on the Slaney, and at Vinegar Hill you will find hand-thrown pottery, megalithic sites, angling, and the famous Strawberry Fair.

 


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