North Wexford 'ignored' in funding
The decision to grant almost €180,000 in funding to Norman Way projects and signage in the south of the county led to cries of unfairness from north Wexford councillors.
Director of Services Eamonn Hore had to outline the history of the Norman's arrival in the county through Baginbun to some councillors, adding that the south of the county is a natural starting point for the way. The Norman Way funding will provide for clear directional sign posting and interpretation panels at Norman sites a from Our Lady's Island to New Ross. Mr Hore said there was a competition for the Fáilte Ireland funding and the south of the county won, adding that further funding to develop the way north to Ferns and Enniscorthy, among other Norman areas, will be forthcoming.
'New Ross was the only town designed and built by William Marshall and the Normans. He built the entire town. We fought hard for that money.'
Councillors from the south of the county leapt to Mr Hore's defence, saying it was a great achievement to get the funding.
Cllr Jim Moore said: 'I am very annoyed about councillors not knowing about the Normans who arrived into Ireland through the south of the county.
Their story stretches all the way across the south of the county taking in Wexford town. Maybe as part of their canvassing efforts councillors (running for the general election) will discover The Norman Way.'
Cllr Ger Carthy said the way will connect villages dotted along the south of the county.
Cllr John Fleming said it was great that the county was being publically associated with the Normans as in the past Waterford took ownership of the Vikings in Ireland, while Cllr Willie Fitzharris complemented the hard work which Mr Hore and his team has done.
Cllr Larry O'Brien said the money was available to groups from across the county, adding that Ferns will get its funding in time. Chairman Cllr Tony Dempsey said: 'Rather statesman like comments Larry.'