Enniscorthy gears up for Strawberry festival
GET ready for one of the biggest events on the Enniscorthy Calendar as the annual Strawberry Festival takes place this weekend.
An extensive programme of events has been laid out promising a weekend of family fun in celebration of the strawberry, one of Wexford's more famous exports. Enniscorthy has hosted the festival since 1967 and they are hoping that this year will be as good as ever, offering the best of music, dancing, culture, fine cuisine and hopefully the trademark weather of the sunny south east.
Among the musical talent which will grace the main stage over the weekend are Irish indie superstars Delorentos on Friday; 80s rock legends and Wexford's own Cry Before Dawn on Saturday and finally acoustic hip hop trio The Original Rudeboys on Sunday. Other events that are taking place over the weekend include The Strawberry Ball on Thursday, the Taste of Wexford Strawberries cooking competition, which will be judged by award winning chef Phelim Byrne and international food critic Paolo Tullio, and the Wexpose fashion and beauty event which will be hosted by former Miss World Rosanna Davison at the Riverside Park Hotel on Sunday.
There will also be plenty to keep the younger ones busy throughout the weekend including a Teddy Bear's Picnic and the FDYS Chill Zone.
Along with a large amount of fringe events taking place over the weekend, there really is a massive amount to see and do so all roads lead to Enniscorthy this weekend. For more information on the events taking place, visit www.strawberryfestival.ie
Having fallen victim to the weather last year, this weekend sees the highly anticipated return of the Wexford County Show to Enniscorthy Showgrounds. This year's show promises a selection of exciting events with new-look grounds and improved parking facilities making access easier than ever.
Over the years the event has become a real highlight on the calendar for the agricultural community across the county and has drawn massive crowds, and this year there are many people anxiously awaiting the event's return.
This year also sees the Tractor Pulling events back by popular demand and it promises to add even more excitement to the event as tractors of all shapes and sizes battle it out to be crowned the winner. There will be farm classes, super farm classes and modified classes battling it out on the track against a European Tractor Pulling specified sled.
The day also consists of the usual showing and judging of some of the finest livestock in Ireland. Classes for horses, ponies, cattle, sheep and dogs will take place throughout the day and there will also be a number of stands and stalls that will keep you busy. McFaddens FunFair will also be present on the day to provide entertainment for the young, and not so young ones. With plenty to see,
The Wexford County show promises a fun, agricultural-themed day out for all the family.
The Byrne Perry Summer School is once again offering people the chance to examine Irish history and literature from the eighteenth century onwards in an objective, professional and learned manner. The 19th annual Summer School will take place from Friday June 28 to Sunday June 30 and will appeal to those with an interest in how the last two centuries of Irish history have shaped contemporary Ireland, both north and south. This year's theme is 'Men and Masters - The Great Lockout of 1913' and a series of talks and debates are planned over the weekend and both Gorey Library and at the Adult Learning Centre in the Civic Sqaure, Gorey.
The summer school will be officially opened by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin on Friday at 8 p.m. He will give the opening address before handing over to Niamh Puirséil who will give the Gordon Wilson Memorial Lecture on '1913 in Irish History'. A series of fascinating talks, lectures and discussions will take place on Saturday, before participants will be taken on a field trip, led by Monica Crofton, on Wexford Town and the 1912 Lockout and the group will also dine at Forde's Restaurant Castlebridge. Another fascinating day is promised on Sunday with speakers including Conor McNamara from Notre Dame University, Ferghal McGarry from Queen's University Belfast and Brian Hanley from UCD. More information is available on www.byrneperry.ie and bookings are currently being taken through Gorey Tourist Office on 0539421248. The cost is €130 for all lectures, dinner, entertainment and the field trip and €80 for seniors and students.
The question being asked of hundreds of cyclists on Sunday is 'do you have the legs to slay the dragon?' The Dragon Sportive cycling event will get under way at the Duffry, Enniscorthy at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning and is expected to welcome around 250 cyclists to the town. The routes will take in some of the most breathtaking roads that the South East has to offer and give cyclists from all over the county and indeed the country the opportunity to test themselves and pit themselves against 'The Dragon'.
The sportive offers participants two routes to choose from: the 75km 'Little Dragon' route, or the more daunting 130km 'Big Dragon' route, one which will test the endurance of even the most seasoned cyclists.
The main 130km route takes in some of the most challenging roads in the South East. After rolling out of Enniscorthy, the cyclists will head for New Ross before turning for Inistioge, Thomastown, Graignamanagh and across to Borris before facing the dauting challenge of Mount Leinster. From there, the route will enter Bunclody before cutting across to Kiltealy and back home to Enniscorthy. While those who opt to take on the 'Little Dragon' won't have to face the climb of Mt Leinster, the route will still provide a challenge for those not accustomed to regular cycling. Get out there and support the event which is set to raise vital funds for St Vincent De Paul. For more information on the event, visit www.kennysforbikes.com
Be sure to catch your chance to soak up the last of the atmosphere surrounding the JFK 50 Homecoming Celebrations on Thursday as the people, shops and streets of New Ross are transported back to 1963. To celebrate fifty years to the day since President John F Kennedy's visit, the whole town will be transformed to look how it did on that special day in '63. A 'Most Appropriately Dressed Lady' competition of the 60s era will take place in New Ross Town Park .
A 'Big American Tea Party' will also take place at the town park promising a fun afternoon of celebrations for all the family with all funds raised going to Special Olympics Ireland. A JFK Commemorative coin will also be launched on the day by the Irish Central Bank. Ladies wishing to enter the best dressed competition or anyone wishing to host a table at the 'Big American Tea Party' can contact Teresa Delaney at the New Ross & District Chamber on 051425077
For further details on the event see www.experiencenewross.ie