When travelling, it's always good to know where you can get the full internet cafe and business services. Check your emails, or websites, print in B&W or colour, scan or fax documents, use skype or make cheap telephone calls.
would thoroughly recommend a day out at this farm for all the family. My childrne wanted to go back every day, loved the fire engine ride and their favourite animals were the pigs who kept following us around. The staff were really nice and it meant a nice relaxing day for us.
The ruins of this fortified Church are a stunning site to explore in Templetown, overlooking the sea in the Ring of Hook area. Templetown is just before you enter the Hook peninsula and you will pass through it en route to Hook.
The ruins are situated almost directly opposite the Templars Inn pub and restaurant. The original Church was built by the Knights Hospitallers who occupied the lands in this area after the Knights Templars disbanded in the early 1300's.
The graveyard surrounding the Church ruins is also a wealth of fascinating information. I am still trying to figure out the gravestone erected by a Mr. Murphy for his eleven year old mother!!!!!
Apart altogether from the hitoric value of a visit here, the ivy clad walls of the ruins make for excellent photographs.
Anyone who's read about the adventures of te Knights Templar will have to pay a visit to Templetown. Just think of the origin of that name and you will immediately realise that the Knights once had a base here. The lands in this area were given to them by King Henry II and they settled here for about two hundred years.
After they were disbanded the lands were passed to their rivals, the Knights Hospitaller, and it is they who built the fortified Church, the ruins of which now stand opposite the Templars Inn pub.
On our way into Wexford we stopped by the Johnstown Castle Gardens for a walk through the grounds. The castle, built for the Grogan-Morgan family between 1810-1855, is not open to visitors as it now houses an agricultural college, but the grounds are open to the public and we spent at least an hour or so here walking the grounds and stopping for tea and a scone at the Peacock Tea Room. There is also the Irish Agricultural Museum with exhibits on the potato and the Great Famine, it was 6€ to visit and really not high on my list on things to see so we passed on it.
The only charge was a parking charge of 6€ per car from May-September, the Peacock Tea Room is only open from May-September.
As we were wandering around Wexford we came across a couple of things that date back to the time of the Normans at the north end of town on Westgate and Selskar Avenue.
Westgate Tower is the only tower remaining of the original five gateways in the Norman and Viking town walls, it was built in the 13th century. The plaque on the wall says it fell into disrepair in 1463 but was restored during the Confederate Wars of 1641.
Right near Westgate Tower is the ruin of the 12th century Selskar Abbey where the treaty between the Irish and the Normans was signed in 1169. It's also believed that Henry II spent Lent in 1172 here doing penance for having Thomas a Becket beheaded. The Abbey was founded by Alexander de la Roche who left Ireland to fight in the crusades, upon his return he discovered that his fiancee, who thought he was dead, became a nun. At least she didn't follow Juliet's path when she thought Romeo was dead!
Cromwell's troops destroyed the Abbey, along with six others in 1649.
There are two twin churches in Wexford that date from the 19th century, they have identical exteriors, their foundation stones were laid on the same day and they are the same height. The Church of the Immaculate Conception is on Rowe Street and the Church of the Assumption is on Bride Street.
It seems rather odd to have two identical churches but as it came out of the need to provide more space for the existing parishoners, it may have been a sensible thing to do as you only had to come up with one architect and one design.
If you want to read more about the history of these two churches, the website below has a full account of their creation.
A few kilometres from Wexford town is this park.
8 Euros for entry and very interesting. It has examples of the various dwellings, monasteries and so on that appeared during various times in Irish history.
Well worth a visit.
A Cistercian abbey founded c.1200 by Willian the Earl Marshall, and named after Tintern in Wales. The remains consists of nave, chancel tower, chapel and cloister. It was partly converted into living quarters after 1541 and further adapted over the centuries. The abbey was occupied by the Colclough family from the 16th century until 1960's. Average length of visit approx 1 hour. Facilities - Exhibition, coffee shop, tiolets, toilets for visitors with disabilities, car park, guided tours. Open June to end of Sept
Commodore John Barry was the founder of the US navy back in the 1700s and he came from Wexford. So naturally, a statue was erected in his honour.
The USA donated the statue to Wexford. As befits the man, the statue overlooks Wexford harbour in Crescent Quay.
I took a photo safari in Wexford this week and discovered the thatched cottages. They are everywhere and are extremely pretty - no, beautiful.
I have displayed just a few of the many pics I took. Each little cottage is a work of art in itself. Look at the angles, the names, the coloured doors, the beautiful gardens. Many of them have made great use of the roadside hedgerows and planted them with the prettiest flowers.
Fall in love with thatch yourself - you will find plenty of it all around county Wexford. I loved them so much that I created a whole page here for you to fall in love, too:-)
Kilmore Quay is a very picturesque fishing village situated about 7 miles from Wexford.
It's a lovely place to go to watch both fishing boats and pleasure craft, and if you're lucky maybe some of the fishermen will give you some freshly caught fish.
For me the nicest thing about this area is the great selection of seafood restaurants and also the pubs that serve great food in a casual setting. I don't have a particular favourite, and would urge you to discover your own.
Once again you will find a terrific selection of quaint cottages in this village.
Head to the hotel Saltees and have a chat wih the two elderly brothers who still run this place. They will be a fountain of local knowledge and tips for you.
See what you can do about taking a boat trip out to the Saltee Islands. I've never done it, but I think it would be great. There';s something about Irish Islands that makes them particularly wild and remote. If you fancy yourself as a young Maureen O'Hara this would be a great place to get your "olde Ireland" pics taken!!!
Although the Ferrycarrig is both a Hotel and a wonderful place to eat, I put this tip under Things to Do because it deserves an entire day out in itself.
The Ferrycarrig Hotel is about a mile and a half outside Wexford Town, heading towards Waterford, just off the roundabout.
It's just beautiful, not least for its setting.
It is situated on a very wide part of the river and the hotel has made the best use of the location in every way. The design and landscaping is second to none.
There is a wonderful deck overlooking the river and it's the most perfect place to sit on a sunny summer evening watching the sun set as you sip a pint of cider.
The river area is a haven for wild birds. You will also see gentle pleasure craft floating by, and the more enthusiastic of you will enjoy watching the water skiing.
When you get peckish the hotel offers a bar food menu like no other I have experienced - delicious stuff that you would expect from a high class restaurant, plus local staples like seafood chowder and mussels, all from fish caught locally. It's a lovely place to bring children, too, as they accept them warmly and there's a special kids menu in the bar. However, keep an eye on them if they wander outside by the river.
Even on a wet day you can sit inside the bar and look out, as the hotel once again makes the best of the location by the use of huge picture windows.
I will post a pic or two, but you really have to go here to see what it's all about.
The Rowe Street organ was built in 1858 by Telford & Telford of Dublin, and is one or a pair of identical organs which were built for the "Twin Churches" in Bride Street and Rowe Street. The casework is modelled on a design by Pugin.
Yola Farmstead Folk Park: A reconstructed 18th century themed farmstead features a restored farm house, forge, school, working mill, thatched cottage, mini farm, play area, aviary, craft shop and a granny kitchen.