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PAINT-OUTS      (Coach available at 9am each day to all locations from Wexford town train station.)

 
Wexford - Sunday 30th July & Saturday 5th August
Bustling Wexford, centre of the Festival lies at the mouth of the Slaney. Its Viking roots can be appreciated in its long main street parallel to the quayside and series of narrow lanes down to the harbour lined with mussel boats. Artists are invited to paint around Wexford town on any evening of the festival on pre-stamped supports and may submit these works for exhibition.
 
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Woodville House - Monday 31st July
Woodville House and Gardens are situated on a working farm just two miles from New Ross, County Wexford. The Georgian house belongs to the Roche Family who have lived here since 1876. The current owners Gerald Roche and Helen Doyle maintain the enchanting gardens, mature grounds and water garden which make this a truly delightful place to visit.
 
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Kilmore Quay - Tuesday 1st August
This rural fishing village 22km from Wexford is overlooked by its tall chapel and faces out across the bay to the two Saltee Islands which together make Ireland's largest bird sanctuary. Kilmore is a small, busy fishing harbour, with all the nets and lobster pots, capstans and seagoing craft one would expect. The main street has several thatched cottages dating from the 18th and 19th centuries and the beaches are backed by extensive dunes. It hosts a well-known summer seafood festival and after a day in the sea air it is hard to resist the smell of fish & chips.
 
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Enniscorthy - Wednesday 2nd August
The lovely town of Enniscorthy, with its steep streets, its Norman castle, Pugin cathedral and two bridges lies about 19km north of Wexford up the valley of the River Slaney. Brewing and distilling were staple industries and the Irish toast, 'Slainte', meaning 'health' and Slaney share the same root. Today it is hard to imagine this was the scene of the bloodiest conflict of the 1798 rebellion. The decisive battle was fought on Vinegar Hill which overlooks the town.
 
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Rosslare - Thursday 3rd August
Rosslare has been a tourist resort for at least 100 years. It prides itself on being the sunniest spot in Ireland, and records bear this out: Rosslare receives 300 hours more sunshine each year than the average place in Ireland. The long sandy strand is a Blue Flag beach so it attracts swimmers and families, while there are a number of good golf courses in the vicinity.
 
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Hook Head - Friday 4th August
Lonely Planet describes Hook as the world's no. 1 lighthouse. It is also the oldest operational lighthouse in the world and its iconic, black and white, chubby shape and spectacular shoreline setting make Hook a 'must-paint' feature landmark in south-east Ireland. There is a Visitors' Centre with café and tours of the lighthouse operate regularly. There are gentle coves, cliffs and crashing waves over black, sedimentary rocks teeming with fossils. If that is not your delight, just 2.5 km but a world away is the tiny harbour of Slade with its handful of fishing boats, its castle, cottages, washing lines and ancient graveyard.
 
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Lady's Island - Monday 7th August, Informal Farewell Paint-Out
This place of pilgrimage dates from the Third Crusade, over 800 years ago. Visit the remains of the Augustinian Church of St. Mary or the parish Church (1867) that showcases the work of Pugin and Ashlin. On this renowned sedimentary lagoon, you can spot breeding terns and black-healed gulls. Winter visitors include Whooper Swans, light-bellied Brent Geese, wigeons, gadwall, and more. Rare plants include Cottonweed, Lesser Centaury, Foxtail Stonewort and "lagoon specialists" invertebrates.
In a list of Irish place-names published in Iris-Leabhar na Gaeilge in 1903, the Irish name for Our Lady's Island is given as Cluain-na-mBan - 'the meadow of the women'. Considering that this locality was the centre of druidical worship, it would not be far-fetched to suggest that Our Lady's Island was in pre-Christian times inhabited by female druids.
 
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