Sunday 22 September 2019

Battlefields and graveyards could help boost tourism

BATTLEFIELD tourism is ' huge' in the United States, Fianna Fáil Keith Doyle told his fellow county councillors last week. The man from Enniscorthy – which is overlooked by historical Vinegar Hill – indicated that he was keen for Wexford to take its share of this specialised market.

He was concerned that Fáilte Ireland did not appear to be focusing on the potential of the battle sites scattered around County Wexford.

Cllr. Padge Reck urged tourism planners to take account of the appeal of cemeteries.

He pointed, in particular to the John Street graveyard in Wexford Town where, he suggested, every burial method known to man may be seen, including crypts, mausoleums and sarcophaguses.

'Visitors don't have the type of graveyards we have – people from abroad are fascinated, especially Americans,' he commented.

He felt that there was potential to map out and promote a cemetery trail, possibly featuring where famous people lie interred. The Cromwellsfort independent also observed that the dog cemetery in Johnstown Castle had a particular charm.

Cllr. Michael Sheehan echoed Padge Reck's comments and described John Redmond's grave as one of the best kept secrets in Wexford town.

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