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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Hook highlights bus tour launched

By Sara Gahan

At the launch of Wexford Heritage Tours by Brendan Howlin TD on Wexford Quay were Kathleen Kinsella, Tintern Abbey;, Cathy Keane, Heritage Tours Wexford; Carmel Rowe, Dunbrody Visitors Centre; Angela Keogh, Heritage Tours Wexford; Brendan Howlin TD; Ray Murphy, Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society; Orla Woods, Failte Ireland; Tom Banville, Wexford County Council; Aidan Quigley, Loftus Hall; Angie Franklin, Heritage Tours Wexford; Brenda Lynch, OPW and Richie Cotter, Heritage Tours Wexford.
At the launch of Wexford Heritage Tours by Brendan Howlin TD on Wexford Quay were Kathleen Kinsella, Tintern Abbey;, Cathy Keane, Heritage Tours Wexford; Carmel Rowe, Dunbrody Visitors Centre; Angela Keogh, Heritage Tours Wexford; Brendan Howlin TD; Ray Murphy, Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society; Orla Woods, Failte Ireland; Tom Banville, Wexford County Council; Aidan Quigley, Loftus Hall; Angie Franklin, Heritage Tours Wexford; Brenda Lynch, OPW and Richie Cotter, Heritage Tours Wexford.

The Hook Highlights Bus Tour was launched last week by Heritage Tours Wexford, offering customers the chance to experience some of the best tourist attractions south Wexford has to offer.

The thrice-weekly tour is now up and running, leaving from the Wexford Tourist Office on Crescent Quay every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 9 a.m. returning at 5 p.m.

The tour will take you to the Quayside of New Ross for a guided tour of the Dunbrody Famine Ship where the harshness of conditions and life of the voyage will be explained.

For the months of May, June, September and October tourists be brought to Tintern Abbey. Founded in 1200 it is an evocative piece of Irish monastic history, where you will get a 45-minute guided tour of why it is referred to as Tintern of the Vow.

For July and August only Hook Highlights Tour will bring you to Ireland's most haunted house of Loftus Hall. The tour guide will take you through the ground floor on an interactive tour of the abandoned house.

The final stop of the bus tour will be Hook Lighthouse where you can climb to the balcony of the worlds oldest working lighthouse. Tour price of €50 includes entrance fees and guided tours of all locations mentioned.

According to Fáilte Ireland statistics in 2015, of all the visitors to South East Ireland 27 per cent did not hire a car. Responding to the gap in the market Heritage Tours Wexford decided to facilitate this clear requirement for visitors to Wexford, ensuring that there is an opportunity to visit these tourist attractions, complete with a guided tour.

Cathy Keane of Heritage Tours Wexford said: 'County Wexford's Hook peninsula is the jewel in the crown of Ireland's Ancient East. It has the story of ancient Ireland written on its landscape, be it a castle or an abbey, their continued presence is a reminder of what went on before us.'

Heritage Tours Wexford is a welcome boast to the tourism industry in the county who also offer tours of the South East including Wicklow, Waterford, Kilkenny and Carlow.

For more information visit www.heritagetourswexford.ie or call Cathy on 087 3299 900.

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