'Garden Trail' inspired by Carlow
NEIGHBOURING Carlow provided the inspiration for Wexford's recently launched garden trail, officials admitted candidly last week. One of the county's newest tourist attractions, it was unveiled with a fanfare of publicity that attracted the attention of RTE's 'Nationwide' programme, with ace gardener Gerry Daly to the fore.
Speaking to county councillors at their June meeting, community and enterprise official Amanda Byrne had no apology to make as she described the initiative as an imitation of Carlow's garden trail. She added that the Wexford version, which runs from Kilmurry nursery north of Gorey to Kilmokea west of Wellingtonbridge, is now the longest of its kind in the country.
She felt that it was key to arousing the interest of tourists from the UK as they plan to take holidays in Ireland. She added that work has begun to add a selection of 11 walking trails to the list of visitor attractions, along with a promise of traditional music session somewhere in the county every night of the week.
And Ms. Byrne indicated that the possibility of a 'Pugin Trail' is being formulated to allow people look at the Wexford work of Augustus Welby Pugin - the man nicknamed 'God's architect' for his influence on church design.