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Wexford Town

Wexford town, established by the Vikings in the 9th century, is the main town of county Wexford. With a population of around 20,000, Wexford is a small town by international standards, but it is vibrant and busy, especially during summer months. It serves an an urban hub for the many smaller towns villages in the county, and its variety of shops, restaurants, pubs and activities attracts locals as well as visitors. Wexford is a popular summer vacation spot both with overseas visitors and "staycationers" from Dublin. The area is nicknamed the Sunny Southeast, since it receives less rainfall than the rest of Ireland.

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Kilmore Quay

Perhaps the most striking and visually pleasing thing you’ll notice about the village of Kilmore Quay is the abundance of 18th and 19th century whitewashed cottages, replete with thatched roofs – many of which are available for rental. While the atmosphere here is peaceful and rural, you’ll find plenty of enriching and inspiring ways to spend your visit. The Quay is the center of village life – here you can shop for locally created Irish crafts and art, and participate in events such as the annual seafood festival, held each July.

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Saltee Islands

Take a day trip from Kilmore Quay to the Saltee Islands and prepare to be dazzled by the sheer numbers of birds and other wildlife taking sanctuary here. Huge colonies of sea birds such as gulls, puffins, cormorants, and many other species, will mesmerize birdwatchers and nature-lovers alike. The sister islands – Great Saltee and Little Saltee – are empty, except for two small buildings owned by the Neale family, who generously allowed the islands to become Ireland’s largest bird sanctuary.

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New Ross and Kennedy Memorials

The area around the port city of New Ross (about 30km west of Wexford town on the N25 route) is host to three sites connected with the late American President John F. Kennedy. He was a tremendously popular figure among the Irish people, and these attractions illuminate the Kennedy family history and memorialize the man with the respect and affection of a proud family homeland.

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