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Wexford

County Wexford is home to dynamic and diverse communities, a vibrant contemporary arts scene and rich natural and cultural heritage. Hosting Ireland’s National Opera House and the Irish National Heritage Park, Co. Wexford is a hive of cultural activity that attracts many cultural tourists. Music Generation Ireland’s National Music Education Programme has been successfully established in the county while Wexford Festival Opera provides a world class celebration of opera and culture.

A vibrant visual arts scene is fostered by two third level institutes - Gorey School of Art and Wexford Campus School of Art and Design I.T Carlow. Wexford is the birthplace of many contemporary literary giants such as Banville, Toibín and Colfer, while also being a hub for storytelling music, and drama.
Wexford has a rich heritage including built, cultural and environmental amenities, many internationally renowned. A gem of Ireland’s Ancient East, Wexford is a county steeped in history from ancient settlements and the Viking invaders in AD 850 to the first Norman’s landing at Bannow in 1169. The county is known for historical treasures like the medieval streets of Wexford Town, Vinegar Hill and Hook Lighthouse one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world.

There is an awareness in Wexford that to protect the environment involves embracing our cultural, ecological and economic assets. This is evidenced through the establishment of Wexford Heritage Trail and Wexford Craft Trail involving 83 businesses and community groups supporting 300 full-time jobs and 500 part-time jobs.
The Creative Ireland programme aims to provide a framework to encourage participation and growth in creativity by all citizens. The Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022 identifies priorities with potential for long-term impact, community engagement and participation as well as new forms of collaboration and interdisciplinary work.
The strategy acknowledges the intrinsic value of culture and creativity and its contribution to the wellbeing of our society. It aims to ensure that culture continues to play an important role in the development of our towns, villages and public environments. It also acknowledges that culture and creativity act as a driver of economic growth and sustainability of our county.

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Wagon Wheels

Wagon Wheels is a short documentary by filmmaker Terence White about the folk art involved in painting barrel top wagons in County Wexford, and dedicated individuals who are helping to keep the tradition alive.

Wagon Wheels Trailer

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Culture and Creativity Team

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Eileen Morrissey

Creative Ireland Coordinator & County Librarian

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Tom Enright

Chief Executive, Wexford County Council

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Carolyne Godkin

A/Director of Services, Housing, Community, Libraries, Arts, Emergency Services & Environment

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Liz Burns

Arts Officer

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Amanda Byrne

Senior Executive Officer, Community Development

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Hazel Percival

Senior Executive Librarian

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Gráinne Doran

Archivist

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Michael Drea

District Manager, Gorey Municipal District

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Angie Laffan

District Manager, Wexford Municipal District

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Ger Mackey

District Manager, Enniscorthy Municipal District

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Mick McCormack

District Manager, New Ross Municipal District

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Noirin Cummins

District Manager, Rosslare Municipal District

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Elizabeth Hore

Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office

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Billy Byrne

Tourism Officer, Local Enterprise Office

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Laura O’Gorman

Executive Architect, Housing Drawing Office

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Diarmuid Houston

Senior Executive Planner, Planning Development Office

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Our Strategy

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