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Wexford
Loch Garman
Motto: 'Per Aquam et Ignem'
'Through Water and Fire'
Location
Location of Wexford
centerMap highlighting Wexford
Irish grid reference
T051213
Statistics
Province: Leinster
County: County Wexford
Dáil Éireann: Wexford
European Parliament: East
Dialling code: 053, +353 53
Elevation: 1 m

Population (2006)

18,163[1]
Website: www.wexfordcorp.ie

Wexford (from the Old Norse: Veisafjǫrðr), called Weisforthe[7] in Yola and Loch Garman[8] in Irish, is the county town of County Wexford in Ireland. It is situated near the southeastern tip of Ireland, close to Rosslare Europort. The town is connected to the capital Dublin via the M11/N11 National Primary Route (European route E1), and the national rail network. Recently Wexford enjoyed a building boom resulting in new developments across the county and town.

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History

Wexford lies on the south side of Wexford Harbour, the estuary of the River Slaney. According to a local legend, the town got its Irish name, Loch Garman, from a young man named Garman Garbh who was drowned on the mudflats at the mouth of the River Slaney by flood waters released by an enchantress. The resulting lake was thus named, Lake of Garman. The town was founded by the Vikings in about 800 AD. They named it Veisafjǫrðr, inlet of the mud flats and the name has changed only slightly into its present form. For about three hundred years it was a Viking town, a city state, largely independent and owing only token dues to the Irish kings of Leinster.

However, in 1169 Wexford was besieged by Dermot MacMurrough Kavanagh, King of Leinster and his Norman ally, Robert Fitz-Stephen. The Norse inhabitants resisted fiercely, until the Bishop of Ferns persuaded them to accept a settlement with Dermot.

Ruins of Selskar Abbey, Wexford.

Wexford was an Old English settlement in the Middle Ages. An old dialect of English, known as Yola, was spoken uniquely in Wexford up until the 19th century.

County Wexford produced strong support for Confederate Ireland during the 1640s. A fleet of Confederate privateers was based in Wexford town, consisting of sailors from Flanders and Spain as well as local men. Their vessels raided English Parliamentarian shipping, giving some of the proceeds to the Confederate government in Kilkenny. As a result, the town was sacked by the English Parliamentarians during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland in 1649. Many of its inhabitants were killed and much of the town was burned.

County Wexford was the centre of the 1798 rebellion against English rule. Wexford town was held by the rebels throughout the fighting and was the scene of a notorious massacre of local loyalists by the United Irishmen, who executed them on the bridge in the centre of Wexford town.

Redmond Square, near the railway station, commemorates the elder John Edward Redmond (1806-1865) who was Liberal MP for the city of Wexford. The inscription reads: "My heart is with the city of Wexford. Nothing can extinguish that love but the cold soil of the grave." His nephew William Archer Redmond (1825-1880) sat as an MP in Isaac Butt's Home Rule Party from 1872 until 1880. The younger John Redmond, son of William Archer Redmond was a devoted follower of Charles Stewart Parnell and leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party till his death in April 1918. He is interred in the Redmond family vault, St. John's Cemetery, Upper St. John's Street. Redmond Park was formally opened in 1931 as a memorial to Willie Redmond, younger brother of John Redmond. He was also an Irish Parliamentary Party MP and was killed in 1917 while serving with the 16th (Irish) Division on the Western Front during the Messines offensive, where he was buried. Willie Redmond had sat as a Parnellite MP for Wexford from 1883 until 1885.

Wexford's success as a seaport declined in the 20th century, because of the constantly changing sands of Wexford Harbour. By 1968 it had become unprofitable to keep dredging a channel from the harbour mouth to the quays in order to accommodate the larger ships of the era, so the port closed. The port had been extremely important to the local economy, with coal being a major import and agricultural machinery and grain being exported. The port is now used exclusively by mussel dredgers and pleasure craft. The woodenworks which fronted the quays and which were synonymous with Wexford were removed in the 1990s as part of an ambitious plan to claim the quay as an amenity for the town as well as retaining it as a commercially viable waterfront. Despite the bankruptcy of the contractor, the project was a success. In the early 20th century, a new port was built, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) south, at Rosslare Harbour, now known as Rosslare Europort. This is a deepwater harbour unaffected by tides and currents. All major shipping now uses this port and Wexford Port is used only by fishing boats and leisure vessels.

Modern Wexford

John F. Kennedy visiting the John Barry Memorial at Crescent Quay, Wexford town, Ireland - 27 June 1963.

The town of Wexford closely follows the quays, which run northwest to southeast and are built upon reclaimed land. The main street runs more or less parallel to the river and is about 1.6 km (1 mi) long from Redmond Square at the northwest end to Barrack Street at the southeast end. It starts as Selskar Street, then North Main Street from the junction with George's Street, runs into the square called the Bull Ring, then proceeds as South Main Street. Almost all the shops in Wexford lie along this one line, although new retail centres on the town's outskirts are now attracting the larger multiples. Wexford serves a large hinterland in south County Wexford, including townlands and villages such as Ballycogley and Castlebridge.

A modern bridge connects Wexford town with the northern part of the county. At 480 metres, it is one of the longest bridges in Ireland.

Over the last decade, Wexford has witnessed some major developments such as the Key West centre on the Quays, the redevelopment of the quayfront itself, White's Hotel and the huge new residential development of Clonard village, roughly 4 km. from the town centre. Recently, Tesco opened up a new store in the town, on the former site of the Pierce Foundry. The store is the supermarket chain's largest in Ireland outside Dublin.

Modern building developments in Wexford have not shirked from the architectural cutting edge, as attested to by buildings such as White's Hotel, the new Theatre Royal and the new headquarters of Wright's Insurance Group. Developments currently in the pipeline include the development of a large new residential quarter at Carcur, a new river crossing at that point, the new town library, the refurbishment of Selskar Abbey and the controversial redevelopment of the former site of Wexford Electronix. Also, the relocated offices of the Department of Environment are currently under construction near Wexford on the New Ross Road.

From an employment point of view, major employers in and around the town are Carl Zeiss Vision (formerly Sola Optical), Wexford Creamery, Celtic Linen, Wexford Viking Glass, Snap-Tite, Waters Technology, Kent Construction, Equifax and PNC Global Investment Servicing (formerly PFPC). Coca Cola are about to start construction of a new plant just outside the town. In the public sector, employment is provided at Johnstown Castle by Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority of the Department of Agriculture. The usual public services located in a county town, such as the Revenue Commissioners are also found.

Notable churches within the town include St. Iberius, Bride Street and Rowe Street with their distinctive spires, the impressive Saint Peter's College, with a chapel designed by Augustus Welby Pugin and Ann Street Presbyterian church. A former Quaker meeting hall is now a band room in High Street.

Culture

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Theatre

Wexford is the home of many youth and senior theatre groups including the Buí Bolg street performance group. Wexford's Theatre Royal opera house was recently replaced by the Wexford Opera House.

Wexford town hosts the internationally recognised Opera Festival every autumn. Dr Tom Walsh started the festival in 1951, and it has since grown into the internationally recognised festival it is today.

Billy Colfer is Eoin Colfer's father and is the author of Wexford: A Town and its Landscape. Singer and playwright Larry Kirwan of the Celtic rock band Black 47 is a native of Wexford. One of Wexford's most influential sons was Johnny Reck (1919–2004). A musician of note who gave a lot of young musicians a chance to cut their teeth in the Showband era of the 1960s, amongst those who started out under Johnny were Larry Kirwan (Black 47), Pierce Turner, Robbie Furlong and Billy Roche. An early example of the Mummers' Play is known from Wexford from about 1817.

Wexford Arts Centre which hosts exhibitions, theatre, music and dance events is situated in the 1760s building where John Wesley, founder of Methodism, spoke and praised the speaking facilities as the best he had visited; Percy French also performed here. Today various concerts are held in St. Iberius's Church (Church of Ireland). The church, on Main Street, is over three hundred years old.

Until about 150 years ago, the Yola language could be heard in Wexford, and a few words still remain in use. The food of Wexford is also distinct from the rest of Ireland, due to the local cultivation of seafood, smoked cod being a token dish in the region.

Transport

Wexford railway station opened on 17 August 1874.[9] The railway line from Dublin to Rosslare Harbour runs along the quayside south of the town.

Sport

Tenpin Bowling

The Leisure Max Centre opened in 2007. It houses a bowling alley and leisure centre.

Golf

Wexford Golf Club has a newly built clubhouse and course, which were finished in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

Soccer

The Wexford Youths football club were admitted to the League of Ireland in 2007. Wexford Youths are the first Wexford-based club to take part in the competition. Wexford Youths is the brainchild of construction magnate Mick Wallace, who has funded the construction of a complex for the new team's home at Newcastle, Ferrycarrig.

Gaelic games

Wexford is also home to several Gaelic Athletic Association clubs. Though the town was traditionally associated with Gaelic football, with six teams providing ample outlets for its youngsters, it wasn’t until 1960 that hurling took its foothold, with much due to local man Oliver “Hopper” McGrath’s contribution to the county’s All-Ireland Hurling Final triumph over the then-champions Tipperary. Having scored an early second-half goal to effectively kill-off the opposition, McGrath went on to be the first man from the town of Wexford to receive an All-Ireland Hurling winner’s medal.

One of the town’s local hurling clubs, Faythe Harriers, holds a record fifteen county minor championships, having dominated the minor hurling scene in the 1950s, late 1960s and early 1970s. However, the senior side has only enjoyed briefly successful periods, having won just five county senior championships.

Although the team has not achieved county senior football success since 1956, Volunteers (“the Vols”) of Wexford Town hold a record eleven county senior titles, as well as six minor titles. Other notable Gaelic football clubs in the town are Sarsfields, St. Mary’s of Maudlintown, Clonard and St. Joseph’s.

Rugby

Wexford has one rugby club, called Wexford Wanderers.

Boxing

Ireland’s boxing head coach and former Irish Olympian Billy Walsh is a native of Wexford town and has contributed greatly to the success of underage level boxers with local club St. Ibars/Joseph’s.

International relations

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Wexford is twinned with:

People

See also

References

  1. ^ Census 2006 — Volume 1 - Population Classified by Area (Dublin: Stationery Office, 27 April 2007) - p. 119.PDF (4.22 MB)Central Statistics Office (Ireland). This is the Total population (including suburbs or environs). Retrieved on 2008-05-19.
  2. ^ Census for post 1821 figures.
  3. ^ http://www.histpop.org
  4. ^ http://www.nisranew.nisra.gov.uk/census
  5. ^ Lee, JJ (1981). "On the accuracy of the Pre-famine Irish censuses". in Goldstrom, J. M.; Clarkson, L. A.. Irish Population, Economy, and Society: Essays in Honour of the Late K. H. Connell. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press.  
  6. ^ Mokyr, Joel; O Grada, Cormac (November), "New Developments in Irish Population History, 1700-1850", The Economic History Review Volume 37 (Issue 4): 473–488, doi:10.1111/j.1468-0289.1984.tb00344.x, http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/120035880/abstract  
  7. ^ Latham, Robert Gordon. The English Language: Volume 1. Walton and Maberly, 1855. Page 426-427.
  8. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  9. ^ "Wexford station". Railscot - Irish Railways. http://www.railscot.co.uk/Ireland/Irish_railways.pdf. Retrieved 7 September 2007.  
  10. ^ The Weather Team on the RTÉ website

Further reading

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Wexford is a picturesque town on the east coast of Ireland.

Understand

Wexford began as a Viking town in the 10th century, when the "deep pool" in or around today's Crescent Quay provided a safe berthing place for longboats. The town of Veisafjörðr ("Bay of the Mud Flats") was thus established. Following the Norman conquest in the late 12th century, a walled town was established. Over the ensuing centuries, Wexford became a successful port. However, during the 20th century, the silting up of Wexford Harbour made it almost unnavigable, restricting it nowadays to pleasure craft and a small fleet of fishing boats.

Over the years, Wexford has remained at the forefront of Irish history. Due to its position, it has been constantly targeted by invaders - the Vikings, the Normans and, most tragically, Oliver Cromwell, whose armies entered Wexford town in 1649, killing over half of its inhabitants. Wexford was also an important site for the failed rebellion of 1798, and in its aftermath, the heads of many rebellion leaders were displayed on Wexford Bridge. This important event has been immortalised in songs such as "the Boys of Wexford" and "Boolavogue" which most Wexford people learn in primary school.

Following an economically depressed period in the mid-Twentieth century, Wexford has now recovered and is a vibrant, forward-looking town. Its people are fiercely proud of where they come from, and the town exudes a certain joie de vivre that can be hard to find elsewhere in Ireland. Perhaps due to its maritime past, recurring waves of invaders or its anuual, world-famous opera Festival, Wexford is also one of the most cosmopolitan towns in Ireland. it is also one of the cleanest, having been declared "litter free" by a recent inspection from Irish Businesses Against Litter (IBAL).

Get in

Wexford is located in the south east of Ireland and is easily accessible by bus and train. There are about eight buses daily to/from Dublin. Regular buses also run to and from Waterford Town.

The port of Rosslare is near Wexford and there are regular ferry sailings to France and Wales.

Stena line operates a service to Fishguard daily and takes three and half hours, (Departs from Rosslare 0900 & 21.15 and from Fishguard 14.30 and 02.45)

Irish Ferries operates a service to Pembroke and takes three hours and 45 minutes. (Departs from Rosslare 08.45 & 21.00 and from Pembroke 14.30 & 02.45)

Irish ferries also goes to Cherbourg, France from February to September three times a week. (Departs Rosslare Sun, Wed, Fri 16.00 and arrives 11.30 the next day) (Departs Cherbourg Tues, Thurs, Sat 18.00 and arrives 11.30 the next day)

There is also a service from Rosslare to Roscoff from end of April to end of Sept. (Dep Rosslare 17.00 and arr 11.00 the next day & Dep Roscoff 18.30 and arr 11.00 the next day)

Get around

An around town bus service is operated by Shuttlebus - look for the yellow and blue busstop signs. the same company also operates services to Kilmore Quay and Castlebridge.

See

Within the town, most attractions are of an ecclesiastical nature. St. Iberius Church, on North Main Street, is a must see for its romanesque influenced architecture. Also worth a look are the twin churches at Rowe Street and Bride Street. Built in 1858, and designed by a student of Pugin, both are fantastic examples of 19th century neo gothic church architecture. However, as Bride Street has undergone major alterations, Rowe Street is the more impressive. The ruins of Selskar Abbey, and the adjoining Westgate tower are also of interest. the former was where Henry II of England reputedly did penance for the murder of Thomas Beckett, archbishop of Canterbury. The latter is the only surviving gate in Wexford's town wall, dating back to the 12th century and the Norman invasion of Ireland. Other portions of the wall may be seen at Abbey Street and Mallin Street.

Almost a sight in themselves are Wexford's narrow winding Viking streets. Follow the Main Street from Selskar onwards and discover the atmospheric buzz of the town. Many lanes linking the quayfront and the Main Street still exist - most notably Keyser's Lane, which was the main thoroughfare linking the quays to the town in Viking times.

Do

Wexford provides an array of opportunities just to wander around. the revamped quayfront provides pleasant strolls along the River Slaney. The Main Street and its adjacent alleyways are simply begging to be explored. Boat trips around Wexford Harbour, and Seal Watching Tours out to Raven Point are provided by Harbour Thrills on the quayside, providing a mix of adrenaline and nature! Alternatively, hire a boat at Ferrycarrig and explore the river yourself. For golfing enthusiasts, Wexford Golf Course is located just minutes from the town centre at Mulgannon. Other nearby courses can be found at Garrylough, Rathaspeck, Rosslare, Blackwater and St. Helen's bay. Horse Racing is catered for at Bettyville racecourse, 2km outside town. Roughly ten meetings a year are held.

The newly built Tourist Office on the Quayfront is open year-round, and provides reams of information on various activities such as walking tours, hill walking, local festivals, cultural events, horseriding, accommodation choices and eating out.

Other Attractions

Wexford Festival Opera has been drawing committed music fans from far and wide for over half a century: up-and-coming directors and designers joining forces with the freshest, most dynamic musical talent in the world to create brand-new productions; choral and orchestral concerts, lunchtime recitals, talks, stand-up shows, an extensive fringe programme; a setting of genuine charm. Wexford 2006 offers all this plus something extra: the Festival is stretching itself in new directions, for the old Theatre Royal is no more, and the new one has not yet risen from the ashes... A one-off Wexford experience. Book early! On a brighter note, The New Multi-Million Euro Opera Complex is finished and the TG4 Gradam Ceoil '09 will be held there on April 4th 2009.

Buy

Wexford's Main Street is a wonderful place to browse local produce. It's atmospheric twists and turns, combined with an ever-present buzz and much pedestrianisation, provide an unique shopping experience. Wexford is renowned for its strawberries, and a punnet is a must-have during those warm summer afternoons! Wexford Creamery cheese is also extremely good - try their vintage cheddar. Handmade jewellery can be bought at Wexford Silver (North Main Street). Westgate Design (North Main Street) provides an array of authentic souvenirs and crafts in its cavernous store. Slightly further afield, Ballyelland pottery (situated in Castlebridge) produces superb, unique pieces.

Eat

Wexford has a well established culinary tradition, with most of the town's restaurants having been included in Top 100 lists at one time or another. Very good are Mange 2 (Monck Street, above Crown bar), Forde's (Crescent Quay) and La Riva (Crescent Quay also), all of which fall into the Modern Irish/Italian/European category. For Oriental cuisine, Vine restaurant on North Main Street is superb. Watch the chefs prepare your meal through the open kitchen while you enjoy the excellent service and energetic atmosphere. Also catered for are Indian fanatics, with two restaurants available - Mukut (Westgate) and Spice (South Main Street). Robertino's pizzas are also very good.

For daytime eaters, a huge array of opportunities is available. Westgate Design (North Main Street) is cheap and tasty, and usually very busy. La Cuisine (North Main Street) is also cheap and delicious but it can be difficult to find a table! Try their white coffees! Gusto (South Main Street) offers beautiful paninis amongst other things in a relaxing atmosphere. The Centenary Stores also does a very good lunch. For Italian food lovers, La Dolce Vita (Trimmer's Lane) is top notch, having been deemed the best Italian restaurant in Ireland by a prominent food critic, as is the Potato Market (Crescent Quay).

For an Ideal Snack..Burgers and Chips, especially in the evenings, a favourite haunt is BurgerMac, located towards the upper end of North Main Street. A totally great place to chill out, try the chicken fillet burgers they are among the best in ireland.

Last but not least, the chips in the Premier (South Main Street) are renowned amongst locals! Try a rissole, a Wexford speciality. Whirly burger and conzers leek!!

For self caterers, the best delis are La Cuisine and Greenacres. Many supermarkets also supply cheap deli options.

  • The Ballast Bank Bar, Talbot Hotel Wexford,On the Quay+353 (0)53 9122566, [1]. Extensive bar food menu is available daily, & Carvery Lunch served Sunday to Friday.
  • The Oyster Lane Restaurant, Talbot Hotel Wexford,On the Quay+353 (0)53 9122566, [2]. Extensive menu & wines available

Drink

Wexford plays host to roughly 50 pubs, so plenty of variety is available! Some favourites include the Thomas Moore Tavern in Cornmarket (a real "old man's pub"), The Crown Bar on Monck Street, Mackens in the Bullring has music at weekends and Finnegans and South 51 on South Main Street, the latter two catering to a more slick, upmarket crowd. Also the Sky and the Ground located in South Main Street is a great old-style pub with traditional Irish music three nights a week and modern rock music on Saturdays. Another great little place is Mary's Bar up near the Arts Centre. Wexford also has three major nightclubs: The Centenary Stores, Colony and Exile. "The Stores" is the most popular, and is open late every night except Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Mixed crowd, decent bar staff, a good smoking area and all the usual tunes, though it can get slightly crowded on Saturday nights. The Thirsty Monk on Monck street is a super spot. Exile is a much "younger" spot, more for the dancers than the drinkers. It is energetic, airy and the music is good. It also plays host to many international djs and bands. Renaissance is the most laid back as it is the quietest of the three. Music generally quite good and fairly mixed crowd. Other bars such as Chocolate, South 51 and Dakota also have late licenses at various times.

  • Saint George Guest House George's Street, Wexford Town +353 (0)53 9143474, (Email: info@stgeorgeguesthouse.com), Located in town centre, close to all amenities and provide a private lock-up car park.
  • Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford, +353 53 9120999, [3]. Four Star hotel in a spectacular location on the River Slaney estuary.Recently voted Ireland's most family friendly hotel.
  • Talbot Hotel Wexford,On the Quay, Wexford, +353 53 912 2566, [4]. Luxury 4 Star hotel on the quays in Wexford, with a spa and swimming pool.
  • Ashdown Park Hotel, The Coach Road, Gorey, Co. Wexford, +353 53 948 0777, [5]. Luxury 4 Star hotel in Gorey with spa and leisure facilities. Close to the beach and beside Gorey town.
  • Amber Springs Hotel, Wexford Road, Gorey, Co. Wexford, +353 53 948 4000, [6]. Centrally located luxury hotel in Gorey town, with state of the art spa and leisure facilities.
  • Monart Spa Hotel, The Still, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, +353 53 923 8999, [7]. Award winning Spa hotel in Enniscorthy with a unique adult only environment.
  • St Helen's Hotel, Rosslare, Co. Wexford, +353 53 913 3233, [8]. Formerly The Great Southern Hotel, in a stunning location on a clifftop overlooking Rosslare Harbour.
  • Whites Hotel, (in town centre). Newly built hotel.  edit
  • Quality Hotel, (2.5km from town centre, at New Ross road roundabout on N11/N25).  edit
  • Whitford House Hotel, (3km from town centre, at Duncannon road roundabout on N25).  edit
  • Riverbank Hotel, (across the bridge from the town).  edit
  • The Blue Door, Georges Street. B&B.  edit
  • Westgate House, Westgate. B&B.  edit
  • The St. George Guesthouse, George's Street. B&B.  edit
  • Bugler Doyle's, South Main Street. B&B.  edit
  • Kirwan House, Mary Street (adjacent to the Franciscan Friary). A youth hostel, open to all ages.  edit
  • Unnamed campsite, Ferrybank (across the bridge).  edit
  • Carlton Millrace Hotel, [9].  edit

Get out

The county of Wexford offers a vast array of sightseeing and activity opportunities for the tourist, further adding to Wexford's suitability as a base from which to explore.

Firstly, one cannot mention Wexford without mentioning beaches. The "Sunny South East" offers Blue Flag beaches at Courtown, Duncannon, Curracloe (Ireland's longest at 27 kilometres) and Rosslare, the latter two being a mere 15 minute drive from Wexford town. Other nearby beaches include Carne beach and St. Helen's Bay south of Wexford town, and Booley Bay and Doller Bay south of Duncannon in the southwest of the county.

Elsewhere in County Wexford, there are many places of interest to visit.

The Dunbrody famine ship in New Ross offer visitors an opportunity to see what life was like on one of the "coffin ships" which left Ireland during the 19th century famine.

The Hook Head lighthouse is the oldest functional lighthouse in Europe, and possibly the world. It offers an interesting visitor's centre and a lovely café! Also, the surrounding area of Hook Head and Slade village provide wild and beautiful scenery.

Just outside New Ross, the John F Kennedy Park and Arboretum provides for a pleasant day out for the family - there is a café, mini train for the kids, a vast selection of rare plants and trees, and beautiful views of the surrounding area.

Just off the Wexford - Kilmore Quay road, the stately home of Johnstown Castle is now home to the Irish Agricultural Museum as well as a finely laid out park, including artificial lakes.

In Enniscorthy, (north of Wexford town on the River Slaney). the National 1798 Centre gives visitors an in-depth look at the failed rebellion of 1798, using interesting and colourful displays.

Just 3km from Wexford town, on the main Dublin - Wexford road, lies the Irish National Heritage Park. This sprawling complex shows the history of Ireland stretching back thousands of years through life size displays of living quarters and places of worship. Try to come on a sunny day as it is all outside! the Fulacht Fia restaurant in the centre is very good for lunch.

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1911 encyclopedia

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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Proper noun

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Wexford

Plural
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Wexford

  1. A county in the Republic of Ireland
  2. A town in the county of Wexford, Ireland.

Translations

  • Irish: Loch Garman

Simple English

Wexford
Loch Garman
'Per Aqua et Ignem'
'Through Water and Fire'
Location
Irish Grid Reference
T051213
Statistics
Province: Leinster
County: County Wexford
Dáil Éireann: Wexford
European Parliament: East
Dialling Code: 053, +353 53
Elevation: 1 m
Population (2006)
 - Town:
 - Rural:
 
8,931 
9,659
Website: www.wexfordcorp.ie

Wexford (coming from Old Norse Veisafjǫrðr meaning "mudflat, stagnant pool", also Irish: Loch Garman, Latin: Menapia) is the county town of County Wexford in the Republic of Ireland. It is found near the south-eastern tip of Ireland, close to Rosslare Europort.

The town is connected to the capital, Dublin, via the N11 National Primary Route (European route E1), and the national rail network.


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