Strands of history at Bannow Bay

By Dan Walsh The Bannow Maritime Heritage Weekend brings history alive this week with a series of events that nobody with a passion for the past should miss, however, the highlight is bound to be the launch of the Journal of the Bannow Historical Society, No. 4 by Barry Lacey, Historian-in-Residence at Wexford Public LibrariesContinue reading “Strands of history at Bannow Bay”

Battle of Vinegar Hill revisited

By Dan Walsh On 21 June 1798, 20,000 men, women and children found themselves trapped on a hill outside Enniscorthy, facing a Crown force of some 15,000 troops led by no less than four generals and 16 general officers. More than two centuries later a multi-disciplinary research programme involving archaeologists, historians, folklorists, architectural historians andContinue reading “Battle of Vinegar Hill revisited”

Barntown Castle is made safe again

By Dan Walsh On July 13th WexfordLocal.com published a ‘Save Barntown Castle’ piece and spoke with some locals who were fortunate to get funding from the Historic Structures Fund 2021 and the good news is that Phase 1 of safeguarding the castle has been successfully completed. Stabilisation works to the base of the tower houseContinue reading “Barntown Castle is made safe again”

Save Barntown Castle campaign

By Dan Walsh Barntown Castle has weathered many storms for centuries, but in the 21st century the structure is in a very vulnerable state and to prevent inevitable collapse and destruction, essential remediation works are a matter of the utmost urgency. Fortunately, Barntown Heritage Group, working in partnership with the landowner, are working towards carryingContinue reading “Save Barntown Castle campaign”

Barrow bridge heritage needs debate?

By Dan Walsh Speculation about the future of the Barrow Railway Bridge at Great Island, Campile, has been gaining media coverage, however, there appears to be extraordinarily little information emanating from official sources or debate from local public representatives. This amazing bridge in a remote location is an engineering feat and part of early-20th centuryContinue reading “Barrow bridge heritage needs debate?”

When the pilgrims came to Oylegate

By Dan Walsh Many years ago I picked up a booklet called Through the Garden of Ireland for the 1915 season and it described itself as “the official handbook of the Dublin and South-Eastern Railway” and I came across an amazing description of miraculous events occurring at St. David’s Well at Ballinaslaney, Oylegate. Earlier todayContinue reading “When the pilgrims came to Oylegate”

Reading about the Cistercians!

By Dan Walsh Founded in 1210, Dunbrody Abbey is one of the finest examples of a Cistercian monastery in Ireland and today the abbey features a modern visitor centre and has plenty to offer visitors at Campile. Dunbrody Abbey and Visitor Centre is built on the site of one of the most impressive of ruinedContinue reading “Reading about the Cistercians!”

Life and Times of Eileen Gray of Brownswood

By Dan Walsh The birthplace of Wexford born Eileen Gray, the pioneering modern architect, designer and artist, continues to be witness to the effects of her creative force and news of the online webiner“Design as Agency in the World”- The Spirit of Eileen Gray lives on at Brownswood House takes place on Wednesday, May 19th, 11Continue reading “Life and Times of Eileen Gray of Brownswood”

€94,800 funding for Wexford heritage

By Dan Walsh Ministerof State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, TD, announced that 477 heritage projects across every county in the country will benefit from a total of €3m under this year’s Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS). Fourteen projects across County Wexford will share funding of €94,800. Minister Noonan said: “In addition toContinue reading “€94,800 funding for Wexford heritage”

Graves disrespected at old Gorey burial site

By Dan Walsh Almost complete desecration of an ancient family vault and daubing with blue paint on adjacent headstones at the old Clonattin graveyard in Gorey has been condemned by all decent minded people in the community. Destruction at Clonattin, which is located deep in farmland close to the town, is nothing new; it isContinue reading “Graves disrespected at old Gorey burial site”