By Dan Walsh
The Mayor of Wexford Cllr Leonard Kelly and the members of Wexford Borough District Council are excited following the unveiling of plans to transform the historic Bullring and Cornmarket areas of Wexford town at an estimated cost of €2.4 million.
The cost of installing a glass roof over the markets area of the Bullring is expected to cost from €300,000 to €400,000.
Other works would include removal of the existing roundabout, the removal of trees and some replanting, automated bollards, patterned paving, street lighting, street furniture and public art.
The next step is to source funding for the project which most likely will be the URDF (Urban Regeneration and Development Fund) 2022 and to progress with detailed designs.
The Bullring gets its name from a sport introduced there in 1621. The marketplace dates from 1871 and replaced six thatched houses. Through the ages it has been a rallying place for general elections and political expression. It contains a statue of the pikeman remembering the 1798 Rebellion and a plaque on the wall commemorates the local world heavyweight boxing legend Jem Roche. (Historic tail-piece sourced from The Streets of Wexford by Nicky Rossiter, published in 2009).