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NEWS - THE CRAIC IN WEXFORD

 

12th August 2015

Who To Follow For The Best Of Co Wexford

So you’ve booked the best bed and breakfast Wexford has to offer, now it’s time to plan your trip. And while there’s plenty of mainstay attractions that’ll be there to visit all year round, sometimes you need a local’s knowledge to find those special events that might be taking place during your stay in Wexford. For the most up to the minute news, your best bet is social media – whether that’s Facebook, Twitter or any other – so we’ve rounded up some of the best accounts that will help you make the most of your stay.

What’s on Wexford
When it comes to finding out about upcoming events, What’s on Wexford is the friendliest place around. Follow them over on Twitter and you’ll find out not only about what’s coming up in the next few weeks, but also information from local businesses and restaurants about special events and offers.

Visit Wexford
Visit Wexford favours the area’s beautiful landscapes and interesting heritage, as well as cultural events in the area. It really does showcase the best of Wexford and Rosslare, so if you’re considering a stay at Churchtown House, this is a great way to learn more about the area. Popping over to their Twitter, we’ve discovered that Duncannon Sand Sculpt festival has its own Twitter page too!

Discover Ireland
If Rosslare ferry port is your gateway to Ireland, Discover Ireland is a great place to start to plan your trip. You can learn about the best the country has to offer, including Co Wexford – there’s so much to explore without even leaving this port town.

Don’t forget to follow Churchtown House on Facebook too, for some insights into the local craic!

 

20th July 2015

Free WiFi On Wexford Streets!

Good news for all you excited holidaymakers enjoying luxurious stays in Wexford bed and breakfasts - you can now take full advantage of free WiFi all over town thanks to an agreement between local broadband provider Rocketbroadband and Wexford County Council.

We all know what it's like being in a strange and new place and not being able to find your way around, or have easy access to local information, but now being a stranger in Wexford isn't something to worry about. You can access your Google Maps with ease wherever you are - perfect if you find you've got a little lost.

According to the Wexford People, the service can be accessed at any time, with no registration required. All you have to do is log on and use it!

Garret McElroy of Skytel (which owns Rocketbroadband) was quoted by the news source as saying: "It's our way of giving something back to the people of Wexford who have consistently supported us over the last number of years. Rocketbroadband is a local business, based in Drinagh. We are at the cutting edge of modern broadband technology and we're growing."

We're certain that the new service will prove to be very useful for all those booking a stay in Wexford accommodation. It means you can plan your itinerary once you get here and you won't miss anything important or exciting - great if you're not the most organised of people or just like doing things off the cuff a little bit.

 

16th July 2015

Great Bathing In Wexford!

Summer time is well and truly here so if you're looking to go for a spot of outdoor swimming, you could certainly do a lot worse than booking yourself a luxurious stay in a Rosslare bed and breakfast, and making your way to Morriscastle, Curracloe, Courtown North Beach, Ballymoney North Beach or Rosslare Strand.

According to the Irish Independent, all of these waters have been awarded an 'Excellent' under the rating standards so if you are looking for a lovely bathing spot this summer, this would be a great place to begin.

Senior environmental scientist Peter Webster said: "We would hope that all visitors to beaches in County Wexford can enjoy good quality bathing water and clean modern facilities, knowing that their health and environment are being protected."

He went on to suggest that people use the See It, Say It app so they can report any environmental concerns to their local authority with ease, helping to protect the beaches and ensure that everyone can continue to enjoy them for years to come.

But how to pick which beach to visit first? We're rather partial to Rosslare since it's famous for being one of the sunniest places in the whole of Ireland and there are a lot of wonderful golf courses nearby as well in case you tire of swimming or sunbathing.

Morriscastle, meanwhile, is one of the longest beaches in the country and you'll soon see why it's called the Golden Mile if you pay it a little visit. A great choice if you love going for long walks.

 

13 July 2015

Top 3 Family Walks In Wexford

Summer’s here so it’s prime time to get out and about in the open air and whisk the family off to Wexford guest houses so you can explore the beautiful Irish countryside with the ones you love. Here are some of our favourite local walks.

John F Kennedy Arboretum

If you’ve got young kids, we’d definitely recommend the arboretum. There are 252 hectares waiting to be discovered, with a massive labyrinth on hand to keep the young ones amused. Plus there’s a mini train and bike paths, so if you’re keen cyclists this would be a great choice. You have to keep dogs on leads, however. You can also book guided tours between April and September.

The Three Rocks Trail

For something a little more challenging that will give you some stunning views of the local countryside, you have to do the Three Rocks Trail. On a clear day, you can see right across to Carlow, Tipperary, Kilkenny and Wicklow. Absolutely fabulous! There are several routes you can take so if you plan to come back to Wexford in the future, you can give another one a go.

Tintern Abbey Trails

Here you’ll find three different trails to explore, ranging from easy to difficult. If you’re after a short but scenic walk, the Gardeners Trail is the one for you, but if you really want to stretch your legs give the Bannow Bay trail a go.

The countryside in this part of the world is second to none so if you’re a keen walker looking for your next holiday we can’t recommend Wexford enough.

 

26 June 2015

Local Cheese Tasting In Wexford

Take some time to head to the best bed and breakfast Rosslare has to offer, and while you are there take the time to sample the local culinary specialities.

There are a huge number of small and family run businesses in the local area that supply the rest of Ireland, the UK, and indeed Europe with their superior wares. There are still some products that are hard to find elsewhere, so make sure you try them before you leave.

Cheeses, in particular are varied and there is likely to be something for you whatever your taste.

Try these when you visit us:

Knockanore farmhouse cheese – This hard pressed cheese, made with raw milk is an award winning cheese, that is perfect for people looking for a hard, strong cheese. It was a Gold Winner at the Irish and World Cheese Awards in 2011.

St Killian – This unusual vegetarian cheese has a camembert-style taste to it, mild when young and stronger when older. It is made by the Carrigbyrne Farmhouse.

Hummingbark – Also produced by the Carrigbyrne Farmhouse this cheese is aged in spruce bark. It is a pungent cheese that has won Reserve Champion at both Irish Cheese Awards the British Cheese Awards in 2014.

Triskel cheese – A great cheese for the foodies, this very special ash covered goat cheese is shaped into pyramids. The semi-soft cheese was developed by a Brittany-born cheesemaker who arrived on Irish shores nearly six years ago, and started making the cheese as a hobby for a local farmer. 

 

17th June 2015

Wexford Maritime Festival: 20th-21st June

It's almost that time of year again - the Wexford Maritime Festival is back between June 20th and 21st and if you're enjoying a stay in a Wexford bed and breakfast, then it would be a great choice for a family day out.

There's so much going on that there's no chance of getting bored - local food produce, entertainment, free maritime activities and lots of events for children mean you'll be kept incredibly busy indeed.

For example, you could head to the Sub Aqua Club in Wexford where you could try out a bit of scuba diving for the first time. What a great way to spend part of your holiday! Plus the equipment and training will all be provided so if you have no experience at all that's fine.

And if you head to the quayside you'll come across the Try it Dock, where you can stretch your sea legs and try out water-skiing, powerboating, canoeing, kayaking and coracle rowing in the afternoon with professional instructors on hand just in case. You could pick up a new hobby in next to no time!

On the 21st, there's an aerobatic airshow at 15:00 so put the time and date in your diary. No doubt young kids would love to stand and watch the airplanes zoom past. And don't forget to check out the collection of model aircraft and boats at the Model Boat Exhibition Village - the makers will be on hand to talk to you about how they made their models and you'll also be able to see remote-controlled boats zipping about on the pond.

 

12 June 2015

Book Tickets For The Opera House

When you book the best bed and breakfast Rosslare has to offer, make sure you book some tickets to the National Opera House in Wexford during your stay.

This summer will see some of the best music and theatre in Ireland, performed at the Opera House. Fans of Gilbert O’Sullivan will be pleased to hear that he is performing at the Opera House on June 8th.

You can also catch up with Corner Boy who will be playing on June 6th. This local band has played some of Ireland's largest music festivals, including Electric Picnic and Knockanstockan.

Folk aficionados can also catch up with the Legends of the American country show which promises renditions of hits from the likes of Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash. Four well known vocalists will sing at the performance, Evan O Donnell, Joe Moore , Rod and Tracey McAuley, who between them have over 30 years’ experience.

Dance fans will be able to attend The Sheila Grace Dance Company performance on July 4th for a show for people of all ages. The dance company specialises in performances of some family film favourites such as Annie, Frozen and Tangled.

Those holidaying together this summer can book tickets for the June Rodgers Summer Show, which promises fun for all the family. Featuring choreography and musical arrangements in the style of variety theatre, this popular show (it sold out last year) promises to make the whole family laugh out loud.

Tickets for all events can be bought via the Opera House website

 

5 June 2015

€60,000 Raised By Concert For Nepal

Late last month, we blogged about the Concert for Nepal, an event organised by eight Wexford locals to help raise money for the victims of the earthquakes that took place in May in the country.

And we’ve now just found out that the event, held at the National Opera House, raised an impressive €60,000, although the proceeds are still being counted so it could well be more than that, according to the Wexford People.

The organisers of the event are trekkers themselves and happened to be in Kathmandhu when the first earthquake hit. One of them, Catherine Jordan, spoke of how proud the group are of the people of Wexford for their generosity.

“It’s a very good feeling for us all,” she said. “There was so little we could do when we were there, so we decided to do something positive when we got home. People have been extraordinary with donations. Some have been giving me €50 notes, some have given us €1,400, €1,500 and upwards of €5,000.”

Another fundraiser is set to be held on June 20th called A Midsummer’s Night For Nepal and it is hoped that some €100,000 in total will be raised thanks to the two events. If you’re in the region staying in a Wexford B&B at around this time, why not come along to lend a hand? It’s sure to be a fun night out and you’ll be doing something particularly worthwhile with part of your holiday into the bargain. We hope to see you there!

Discover Rosslare Fort This Year

If you’ve booked Rosslare accommodation for a lovely holiday in Ireland this summer, then we here at Churchtown House highly recommend that you make your way to the headland at Wexford Bay where, if you’re lucky and the tide is right, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the old Rosslare Fort.

Back in the 1600s, cannons and a garrison were installed after the powers that be realised the importance of this particular location in protecting the town of Wexford against invasion, with houses gradually added as the population grew. From an initial cluster of 12 dwellings, almost 50 houses were soon built, with an observation post set up on the nearby sand dunes and a frigate with mounted guns moored close by as well.

In 1649, Cromwell made his way to Wexford where he ordered the attack on the Fort of Rosslare. Although the garrison there fought bravely, they eventually had to retreat to the frigate, whereupon possession was taken of the fort and Cromwell made his way towards the town.

The proximity of the sea led to the fort’s ultimate demise, however. The peninsula was eventually eroded and the fort was submerged. However, it can be seen on the odd occasion and it has been in the news just this week for precisely that reason.

According to the Wexford People, it remains something of a draw and many are keen to find out more about it when they come to this part of Ireland. Why not do the same the next time you’re in the area?

Concert For Nepal: May 28th

Holidaymakers enjoying their stay in Wexford accommodation this month might want to make their way to the National Opera House on May 28th to show their support for the victims of the recent earthquakes in Nepal.

Organised by eight trekkers from the region who were actually in Kathmandhu when the disaster happened, Concert for Nepal is being put on to help raise money for those affected, with all proceeds and donations from the concert going directly to teams currently in Nepal.

Irish acts like The Celtic Tenors, Aileen Donohue, Eleanor McEvoy and Tony Carty & Friends will all be taking part, so if you’d like to get a feel for some true-blue Irish music while on holiday in Wexford while also doing your bit for the relief effort in Nepal, this would be a great choice.

It would also be a good opportunity to check out the National Opera House itself and perhaps find other events you’d like to go to. On June 8th, for example, Gilbert O’Sullivan will be live in concert, while on June 18th Legends of American Country will be put on – a country music tribute evening with vocalists supplying tunes by some of the greats, including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and Randy Travis.

And later on this year, the 64th Wexford Festival will be put on, taking place between October 21st and November 1st. Works by Delius, Mascagni and Herold will be the focus, so if you’re an opera buff this would be a wonderful way to spend some of your time while on your Wexford holiday.

Wexford Guided Tours – An Absolute Must

After booking accommodation in Wexford, it’s time to start planning your stay – and we here at Churchtown House believe no stay in this part of Ireland is ever really complete without going on a heritage tour of this wonderful part of the world. Here are some of the best to choose from.

Hook Head Lighthouse
Hook Lighthouse is the oldest operational lighthouse in the entire world and well worth a look around. The visitor centre is open all year and you can book guided tours of the tower between 10:00 and 17:30 in June, July and August. The rest of the year, it’s every hour between 11:00 and 17:00. If you’re lucky and have binoculars with you, you might even see some whales and dolphins out to see.

The Migrant Trail
You’ll really get a feel for the area if you book yourself a place on this guided tour. You start off in the fishing village of Ballyhack and look around the Tower house before moving on to the Georgian Rectory at Kilmokea Country House and Gardens. Then you’re off to the Cistercian Abbey in Dunbrody before starting the migrant trail, following in the footsteps of the men and women who left their homes in search of a better life.

The Tavern Trail
There are some really interesting old taverns to be found in Wexford and this particular tour will take you to just six of them (make sure you pop in for a pint!). Apparently, several of them are haunted and one of them was the scene for at least two murders!

Hotspot: The Hook Peninsula

One of the best things about the best bed and breakfast Co Wexford has to offer is how close Churchtown House is to some of Ireland’s most beautiful natural wonders.

One such scenic wonder is the Hook Peninsula – an unspoilt coastal area near Rosslare. The road along the tapering peninsula is signposted as the ‘Ring of hook coastal drive’ and around each corner, you’ll find another of the 14 beaches that line this piece of land – enough to visit one every day for two weeks.

This gives plenty of space for all kinds of water-dwelling activities, whether it be canoeing, swimming or fishing or if you’d rather, just relaxing in one of the sunniest spots in Ireland.

But it’s not only nature that will leave an impression on visitors to the Hook. Each bend in the road also reveals another dreamy, crumbling fortress or abbey, with emerald green foliage climbing the walls. The Hook Head is also home to what is believed to be one of the world’s oldest lighthouses, having stood sentry proudly since the 12th century.

There’s no better time to book to stay in County Wexford than now, with the Maritime Matters Festival scheduled between May 1st and 4th.

The Hook will play host to festivities and activity taster sessions for all to take part in, as well as a special programme dedicated to what the Irish coastline does best. Seafood, of course! Seafood specials, dedicated menus and cookery demonstrations will all be included in the festival.

The Best Beaches In Wexford

Booking Wexford accommodation is a brilliant idea if you love getting out and about in the fresh air – and luckily for you, this wonderful part of the world is home to some truly fantastic beaches that are just ripe for exploration.

In fact, there are four Blue Flag beaches to be found here – Curracloe, Rosslare, Morriscastle and Courtown – so some might say that you’re particularly spoiled for choice.

Courtown is quite a draw for tourists and always has been so if you want to avoid other people and have a quiet time to yourselves, this might not be your best bet. However, it’s definitely worth a visit since there are lots of dunes to gad about on and the North Beach is a great place to go for a walk and catch a few rays of the Irish sun. It’s good for swimming and water sports as well so you’ll be sharing the water with others. Head to the South Beach to escape the crowds.

Rosslare, meanwhile, is one of the sunniest spots in Ireland, getting over 300 hours of sunshine each year. If you love a bit of golf, you’ll find some courses nearby and there are lots of great restaurants as well so you won’t be going hungry.

Morriscastle is known as the Golden Mile and is thought to be the longest beach in Ireland – so great for any walkers out there. It’s also popular among shore anglers and you can catch all sorts of fish, from bass and top to flounder and dab.

Curracloe is a great choice for any movie fans out there since this is where Saving Private Ryan was filmed. You’ll also find a nature reserve and forestry nearby so you’ll definitely have a great day out if you make this your beach of choice.

Enjoy JestFest 2015

Holidaymakers enjoying the very best guest houses Co Wexford has to offer over the May Bank Holiday might want to make room on their itineraries for JestFest 2015, a brilliant few days of laughs with some of Ireland’s best comedians, as well as those from further afield.

The line-up this year includes Al Porter, Andrew Maxwell, Niamh Marron, Lisa Casey, Jon Kenny and Karl Spain, while you can also head off for something a little bit different with Comedy In The Dark, where both performer and audience members enjoy the show completely under the cover of darkness. No lights whatsoever!

Take a look at the roster to see what you’d like to go to, but bear in mind as well that there will be lots of free street theatre performances as well, so make your way to South Main Street, the Bullring and Selskar Square if you’d like to catch some of these in action.

Keep your cameras at the ready, as there will be all sorts of amazing contortionists, acrobats and street jesters to be found around and about – perfect if you’ve brought your little ones along for the trip.

And if you happen to be in Wexford later on in the year, you’ll find the Spiegeltent Festival is on from October 14th to October 26th as well, with Dylan Moran headlining the event. The rest of the line-up is yet to be announced but if you’re a big Moran fan and are intrigued, make sure you keep an eye on the website for further announcements.