Minister opens historic Johnstown Castle

By Dan Walsh The majestic redevelopment of historic Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum and Gardens, near Piercestown, a few kilometres from Wexford town were officially opened by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D. yesterday (Thursday). Minister McConalogue said: “I am delighted to officially open this national treasure and I congratulate all involved in recentContinue reading “Minister opens historic Johnstown Castle”

Rosslare Harbour gives up its Secret Garden!

Rosslare Harbour Village Park and Gardens have been recognised by the Wexford Gardens Trail as worthy of being included in the guide of visitor attractions in the county. The Secret Garden is no longer secret! It is great that Rosslare Harbour can now boast the distinction of being a member of both the Wexford Walking TrailContinue reading “Rosslare Harbour gives up its Secret Garden!”

Johnstown Castle is ‘a national treasure’

By Dan Walsh The majestic Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum and Gardens has been nominated for the British Guild of Travel Writer’s (BGTW) International Tourism Awards. The fairy-tale neo gothic Castle which opened to the public last year is the only Irish visitor attraction to secure a nomination in the prestigious BGTW International Tourism Awards 2020Continue reading “Johnstown Castle is ‘a national treasure’”

Experience the pleasure of Johnstown Castle

By Dan Walsh Sunday was a brilliant autumnal day. The sun was shining brightly, pleasant at around 14 degrees with a perfect calmness,  and with the Covid-19 restrictions at Level 3, I washed my hands, wore my face covering, and observed social distancing amongst the natural environment meandering the ancient walkways in the grounds ofContinue reading “Experience the pleasure of Johnstown Castle”

All calm and timely at Kilmore Quay

By Dan Walsh It was a busy Sunday September afternoon in Kilmore Quay today where the weather was calm and fine, the car parks were at capacity, wide open doors and doorstep views from several camper vans with a postcard view of the Saltee Islands, and face coverings and social distancing  were second nature. TheContinue reading “All calm and timely at Kilmore Quay”

Safe to go back on the beaches

Good news for anyone who likes a dip in the sea. Wexford County Council has confirmed that following recent testing, the water quality at Ballymoney, Morriscastle, Boley Bay and Duncannon has returned to the usual excellent standard. As a result, the temporary prohibition on swimming at these beaches is being removed with effect from todayContinue reading “Safe to go back on the beaches”

Edenvale feeds off natures land

By Dan Walsh Is not it a devil when a pleasant Sunday afternoon arrives and there is nothing to do! Well, the hurling final was on in the park, but the Covid-19 restrictions ruled that one out, thought about a dip at Curracloe, but parking upsets people there these days and to keep the peaceContinue reading “Edenvale feeds off natures land”

The days of wind-driven corn mills

By Dan Walsh Found myself in the Carne area during the week. Featured on RTE’s popular ‘Reeling in the Years’ for the controversial protests against the proposal to construct a nuclear power station at Carnsore Point at the end of the 1970s. It will be 42 years ago next Wednesday, (August 19th 1978), when overContinue reading “The days of wind-driven corn mills”

Off to the beach…a choice of 275kms!

By Dan Walsh The weekend is here again, and with high temperatures staying with us for longer, large crowds are again expected at Wexford’s beaches and Gardaí will be on duty in and around Curracloe and Ballinesker beaches and car parks to assist with traffic congestion. “Please ensure you park your vehicle in a safeContinue reading “Off to the beach…a choice of 275kms!”

Duncannon basking in the sunshine

By Dan Walsh Duncannon has traditionally been a popular holiday spot and with today’s temperatures in the low 20s and more to follow into early next week, at least, the sandy resort by the Barrow Estuary is making the best of the times that are in it! Overflowing numbers forced the closure of the beachContinue reading “Duncannon basking in the sunshine”