Theme Week Ireland – Wexford

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National Opera House and a church spire rises above the old skyline © flickr.com - Sinn Féin/cc-by-2.0

National Opera House and a church spire rises above the old skyline © flickr.com – Sinn Féin/cc-by-2.0

Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman) is the county town of County Wexford. Wexford lies on the south side of Wexford Harbour, the estuary of the River Slaney near the southeastern corner of the island of Ireland. The town is linked to Dublin by the M11/N11 National Primary Route, and the national rail network connects it to Rosslare Europort. It has a population of 20,000).

The town was founded by the Vikings in about 800 AD. They named it Veisafjǫrðr, meaning “inlet of the mud flats”, and the name has changed only slightly into its present form. “Veisa” in modern Norwegian means “Way”. So ‘Veisafjǫrðr’ could have meant “inlet of the way” or “Way Fjord”. 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 loch was thus named Loch Garman.

National Opera House and a church spire rises above the old skyline © flickr.com - Sinn Féin/cc-by-2.0 Main street © geograph.org.uk - David Staincliffe/cc-by-sa-2.0 Ruins of Dunbrody Abbey © panoramio.com - Gfox228/cc-by-3.0 Ruins of Selskar Abbey © Danielclauzier/cc-by-sa-3.0 Hook Head Lighthouse © flickr.com - Michal Osmenda/cc-by-sa-2.0 Wexford County Council offices © geograph.org.uk - Richard Webb/cc-by-sa-2.0 St. Peters College © Ferdiaob
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National Opera House and a church spire rises above the old skyline © flickr.com - Sinn Féin/cc-by-2.0
Wexford hosts the internationally recognised Wexford Festival Opera every October. Dr Tom Walsh started the festival in 1951, and it has since grown into the internationally recognised festival it is today. A formidable fireworks display is held every year in conjunction with the festival. Wexford has a number of music and drama venues including:

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. Proposed developments 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 have been constructed near Wexford General Hospital on Newtown Road.

Wexford’s success as a seaport declined in the first half of 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 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. In May 2011 an official web portal for Wexford was launched which encompassed local government, Wexford Tourism, and the Wexford Means Business website, aimed at promoting the value proposition of Wexford as a business destination.

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