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A Viking boatyard house at the National Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig, County Wexford

County Wexford

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A Viking boatyard house at the National Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig, County Wexford

Irish Name: Loch Garman - "Lake of Garma"

County Town: Wexford

Nickname: The Model County, The Yellowbellies

GAA Colors: Purple and Gold

Famous People with Wexford roots: John Fitzgerald Kennedy, John Barry, Admiral Earl Beatty, general John O'Herron, Thomas Moore, 'Big' Jem Roche, Bill Roche, Ned Kelly

Wexford makes up the southeast corner of the island was the country's gateway to Europe for centuries. It is here that the Normans, Danes, Viking and Celts all landed at one time or another so that traces of many different civilizations can be found scattered all over the county.

The unique heritage and culture this has given the people of Wexford makes it an essential part of any itinerary. The 'Sunny South East' boats some of the country's most fantastic scenery with the Blacklion and Wicklow Mountains on its borders, the miles of golden beaches on its eastern shore and its Atlantic wracked southern shore.

Among the many attractions the 'Model County' boasts is the National Heritage Park at Ferrycarrig, which depicts the evolution of Irish history from 7,000BC to the 12th century and the arrival of the Normans. The Hook Lighthouse is a massive 100ft structure that predates the practice of building stone lighthouses by over 600 years. The Ring of Hook Drive takes you through some beautifully scenic coastal roads and historic sites.

With its beaches and coastal towns Wexford is a paradise for those with an interest in watersports, particularly windsurfing and sailing. There's plenty of good fishing too and several award winning golf courses. 'Quad Attack' in Enniscorthy is an exciting way for the whole family to have a good time and the adrenaline rush from it will not be long forgotten.

With something for everyone the Wexford is one of the most popular places to visit in Ireland. Getting more sun than any other county every year the area is particularly popular with Irish people as well and so you can be assured of meeting people from all over the isle when you visit Wexford.

Common Surnames in Wexford: Murphy, Sinnott, Doyle, Furlong, Walsh, Rossiter, Scallan, Brien, Brown, Stafford, Devereux and Kavanagh
 

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