The Viewing Point

Sliabh Coillte

5 minutes in the car and you can see for miles and miles – out to the coast and across to the mountains. Not sure how many counties. I was up there just now on a bright February day, and we had the whole place almost to ourselves.


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Ros Tapestry Formal Opening

I’ve been invited to the official opening of the Ros Tapestry on 24th January.

Fifteen spectacular tapestry panels stitched over the last 14 years by 180 volunteers… one stitch is mine, and I’m very proud of it. The exhibition runs until 1st April in New Ross, after that the tapestries are heading to Brussels where they will be exhibited in the European Parliament Buildings from 13th to 17th May.

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The Gathering – on Facebook

Next year is the big year for the Gathering. We are hoping to see some Glascotts whose ancestors were associated with Wexford, and maybe some of our own clans – the Devanes and the OFarrells.
About the Gathering
About the Glascotts

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The Winner

No big surprise that Mick Croot has won our photograph competition, if you have seen the great selection he and Jane sent us after their stay here last November. This one of neighbouring Dunbrody Abbey is just one of many superb photos, and I just picked this one above the others because I love the view of our 12th Century abbey. We had lots and lots of entries, and I’ve posted many of the best on Facebook, but Mick is our winner, and I hope all will agree. His prize is a 50% discount whenever he and Jane choose to return for another visit, and we’ll line up some special treats to really spoil them next time.
Thanks to all who sent their photos. Please keep sending us your holiday pictures – we love to see them, and you never know. . . could be more prizes and discounts from time to time !
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Piano Festival

New Ross Piano Festival
September 27th – 30th, 2012 again a weekend not to be missed. Wonderful pianists and the RTE Concert Orchestra for the final concert; A free opening concert with familiar American standards from the nimble-fingered Fergus Sheil Senior
Martina Filjak‘s prize-winning Beethoven Hammerklavier
and a friendly small-town atmosphere as well.

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Hook Head

One of our favourite summer visitors out walking on Hook Head in August !

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Irish Food Trails

Episode Twelve

County Waterford

Clodagh begins at Ardkeen Farmers’ Market, a popular market held every Sunday morning in the middle of the city, and Clodagh makes vegetable soup in the market. In the seaside town of Dungarvan Clodagh meets Esther Barron of Barron’s Bakery, Wolfgang Schliebitz of Knocklara Farmhouse Cheese and Joe Condon of Omega Beef Direct. After the market, Clodagh visits Barron’s Bakery in Cappaquin and Joe Condon on his farm in the Knockmealdown Mountains to see his Galloway cattle. Finally, Clodagh goes to the Arlington House Hotel, famous for its gourmet food and for supporting local producers, where Chef Jean-Baptiste Dubois makes eggs benedict using a Waterford Bla – a local white bread roll.

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Nice Surprise for Coach House Visitors

Trinity College Welcomes the 10 Millionth Visitor to the Old Library and Book of Kells Visitor Centre

News feed for Trinity College Dublin.
Aug 08, 2012

The 10 millionth visitor to the Old Library, Trinity College Dublin since the creation of its visitor centre in 1992 was welcomed on August 8th by the Librarian, Mr Robin Adams. The Old Library and Book of Kells is one of Ireland’s major tourist venues and attracts over 520,000 visitors each year to see the exhibition on the Book of Kells and other medieval manuscripts and to enjoy the spectacular space of the Long Room.
The number of visitors to the Old Library has increased from 220,000 in 1992. Figures for this year have increased by 10% over the previous twelve months. Visitors to the Old Library come from across the globe, with the majority coming from Europe (39%) and North America (33%). Eight percent of visitors come from Ireland, with over 20,000 schoolchildren having free access, often coming as part of a school visit.
English tourists, Robbie Howatson (8 years old), his parents Ian and Jan and sister Rosina became an unexpected part of Irish tourism history by becoming the 10 millionth visitors to the Book of Kells visitor centre.

Eight year old Robbie Howatson from Milton Keynes, UK with his parents Ian and Jan and sister Rosina – the 10 millionth visitors to the Book of Kells visitor centre 
Trinity College is upgrading the Book of Kells visitor centre to enhance the overall visitor experience and improve public access to the precious manuscript. With the integration of interactive technology, visitors will be able to engage with the detail of the creation of the manuscripts, the pigments used in the illuminations and the techniques of the artists. The results of Trinity’s scientific research on the materials and origin of manuscripts will be shared with the wider public through the exhibition. The new centre will provide space for the larger number of visitors, with toilet, cloakroom and shop facilities. The development is supported by a grant of €2.7 million from Failte Ireland’s Tourism Capital Development Programme. Tenders for the design work are currently being evaluated and it is expected that work will begin next year.
The project will also protect the building from the effects of visitor numbers, environmental pollution and upgrade fire protection. It will integrate state-of-the-art research facilities for scholars working on the Library’s collections of archives, early printed books and special collections.
The Old Library is celebrating its Tercentenary this year, as the foundation stone for the building was laid in 1712. A programme of events marking the year includes the current exhibition 300 years of the Old Library and the forthcoming exhibition Drawn to the page; Irish Artists and Illustration 1930-1930, visits to the Library’s Conservation Department, the publication of a book on the Library, family events around collections of children’s literature and special activities around the Culture Night event.

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The Norman Gallery, Monksgrange, Rathnure, Enniscorthy 

. . . . a scenic drive about an hour away from Fruit Hill

The Norman Gallery is located at Monksgrange in Rathnure, Co. Wexford at the foot of the Blackstairs Mountains. The gallery opened in 2003 when the west wing of Monksgrange was renovated to provide a gallery space. Since then The Norman Gallery has presented solo exhibitions of works by artists such as Philippa Bayliss, David Begley, Paddy Lennon, Anthony Lyttle, Julie Moorhouse, Celia Perceval, Patrick Pye RHA, Martha Quinn, Hanneke van Ryswyk, and Gwen Wilkinson. Annual group exhibitions have included both national and international artists during The Wexford Opera Festival. In 2012 The Norman Gallery will host a retrospective exhibition of prints by Italian artist Bruno Leti.

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4th of July Irish America Day 

Venue: New Ross and The Hook, Co Wexford 4th of July Irish America Day, this new Irish American Festival takes place in New Ross and The Hook, filled with entertainment, music, history and fun for all the family. On the 4th July – come and see the town of New Ross en fete with bunting flags and red white and blue!

Monday 2 July: Prom King & Queen Finals in association with the New Ross No Name Club.

Tuesday 3 July: Des Bishop LIVE at Brandon House Hotel 8pm, special guest the winner of the Open Mic Comedy Night.

ALL DAY: GAA Road-show in conjunction with Cúl Camp for Kids in Town Park – all welcome

ALL WEEK: Themed shopping experience, with 10% discount on all purchases if someone shows their US Passport.

ALL WEEK: Mark Twain readings in the New Ross Library.

ALL DAY: Family American Style Barbeques at the Hook Lighthouse and in New Ross Town.

WEDNESAY Morning 4TH JULY . Opening Ceremony, a formal raising of the Stars and Stripes and the Tricolour flags at the JFK Statue, at the quay of New Ross.

12. noon – Reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Tholsel New Ross and the laying of a wreath.

10am. 11am. 2pm. 3pm and 4pm – Boston Tea Party Re-enactment at the Dunbrody Famine Ship.

4pm – Irish America Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Iris h America Hall of Fame in the Dunbrody Emigration Centre.

5pm Perpetual Cup presentation and “Irish American Celebrity” walk around at town park

6pm – Fourth of July Irish America Day Parade lead by Prom King & Queen, including American Classic Cars, Line Dancers, Tidy Towns Floats and much more.

8pm – The Three Tenors Ireland in concert at the JFK Arboretum.

10pm – Formal lowering of the Flags at the Arboretum.

10.30pm – Fireworks display near the Dunbrody in New Ross.

Other attractions will include Dixieland and jazz music, Line Dancing and Hoedown on the South Streets. American – style barbeque at the Hook Lighthouse Family Day. All American Literature Mark Twain reading in the New Ross Library, and all week classic American films at St. Michael’s Theatre.

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