Wexford is indisputably the most exciting place to explore in Ireland due to its Viking history. It is located along the southeast coast of the island, which is the reason why it was targeted by many invaders. The list of invasions includes in 1169 when Wexford was invaded by the Normans, and Oliver Cromwell led the English invasion in 1649. It was the site of concentration fighting in the Irish rebellion in 1798, as well as other battles such as the Vinegar Hill in Enniscorthy and the battles at New Ross.
Named after the City of Wexford, the county is part of the Leinster province sited on the south-end coast. Originally the city was named Waesjord, which is an old Norse word meaning bay or inlet of the washed flats. Wexford county covers 2.352 sq. kilometres or 909 square miles and is 55’km in length, while it is 29 meters in breadth. The county was part of the Confederacy of the Irish Catholics which protested in 1641, led by Oliver Cromwell.
Wexford Politics and Local Government
In the thirty-two counties of Ireland, Wexford is the 14th largest in terms of population and in size the largest in the twelve counties of Leinster, but only the fourth largest in population.
An official web portal was launched in May 2011 for Wexford city, it included a local government, the Wexford Means Business website, and Wexford Tourism aimed to promote the value of Wexford as a business destination. As a seaport, it was unsuccessful due to the changing sand of the harbour during the first half of the twentieth century, and it became unprofitable to keep the harbour and the port closed by 1968.
The port was previously important to the economy and used for coal import and grain and agricultural machinery export. A new port was built around 12 miles further south early in the twenty-first century and is known as the Rosslare Europort from which all major shipping takes place.
In 1821 the population in Wexford was 170,806 and by 1841, it increased to 202,033, while it was less affected by the potato famine than most other counties. The population decreased in 1851 to 180,158 and continued to decrease until 1926 when it was 95,848. With the 2006 census, the population was 131,749 and the predominant Roman Catholic county had a 90.7% population that were Roman Catholic with 8.5% of the population following the Church of Ireland.
By 1926 the Roman Catholic percentage showed an increase and reached 94.0%, which meant the Church of Ireland popularity decreased to 5.3% with the Methodist and Presbyterian churches down to 0.23% and 0.15% respectively. Size-wise the county is 2.352 square kilometres and cars registered in Wexford have number plates bearing WX, while the county is nicknamed Model County due to the huge number of model farms that are part of the agricultural experiment.
Wexford County Tourism
The capital of Wexford County is Wexford town known for both its National Opera House and medieval lands. Some of the main tourist attractions include the 12th-century Selkar Abbey, West Gate Heritage Tower and 13th-century tollgate.
Eras of the Irish history is re-created by the National Heritage Park found on the west side of town, while the northwest is best known for the 1798 National Rebellion Center and the Enniscorthy Castle displaying medieval wall art including dungeons. The south offers a great view of Tintern Abbey as well as the 13th century Hook Lighthouse.
The best time to visit Wexford County is in July, which is the warmest month of the year, with January being the coolest. The wettest month in Wexford is December, while the driest month of the year is in July.
Wexford Most Popular in Ireland as Holiday Spot
Wexford is arguably the most favored as a domestic holiday spot when visitors are more likely to hear Dublin accents than that of the locals, which could make it quite the challenge to tell the difference between the local and the working-class North Side Dubs. Wexford is loved for its excessive amount of sunshine and it offers one of the most tolerable climates in Ireland.
Visitors can look forward to enjoying six hours a day in the sun during the month of May, which in Ireland is unheard off. It is the beaches in Wexford that attract all the locals and these stretches for over 27 kilometers. The Curracloe Strand is the longest and most beautiful beach in Ireland and often used as a filming location, it was used for Saving Private Ryan and its white sands and soft dunes closely resemble the Normandy beach.
Wexford is the cornerstone of the Ancient East of Ireland and its breath-taking views and dramatic landscapes offer a wealth of walking trails. The beaches offer hours of barefoot walking in the sand as well as a variety of ice cream shops and fish & chips outlets.
Wexford County the Perfect Halloween Destination
Wexford County is the perfect Halloween destination and home to a haunted house while the long list of events surrounding Halloween includes Haunts at the gardens and Well House, events at the Enniscorthy Castle, Chocolate making at the Irish National Park, Halloween Mosaic and Broom making. One of the most popular events is the Halloween train, enabling the brave to visit the Monster Mash event at Amber Springs. The spooky train is family friendly, while the village itself comes alive with ghoulish creatures, skeletons and Frankenstein’s during the Halloween event that offers some of the yummiest treats while entertainment includes several performances.