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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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Coracles on The Canal

Coracles on the Canal was a collaboration between visual artist and prolific builder of project boats Andi McGarry, and participants from the senior citizens housing association and the wider community of Rathangan and Duncormick. This ecologically-driven place-making project aimed to engage the intergenerational community with the newly refurbished McColls Community Centre in Rathangan, through woodworking, craft, boat handling, and adventure.

Culture and Creativity Team

Laughing conductor

Eileen Morrissey

County Librarian/Creative Ireland Coordinator


Elizabeth Howard

Creative Communities Engagement Officer


Carolyne Godkin

Director of Services, Management Team


Liz Burns

Arts Officer


Ann Marie Laffan

Local Development Officer Slainte Health Care, Communities


Gráinne Doran



Anthony Bailey

District Manager, Wexford Municipal District


Claire Lawless

District Manager, Enniscorthy Municipal District


Noirin Cummins

Administrative Officer, Rosslare Municipal District


Billy Byrne

Senior Staff Officer (Tourism) - Economic Development


Diarmuid Houston

Senior Executive Planner, Planning Development Office


Ger Mackey

Senior Executive Officer, Housing


Annette Dupuy

Healthy County Co-ordinator, Community Development


Brendan Cooney

Senior Executive Scientist, Environment


Liz Stanley

Senior Staff Officer, Gorey Municipal District


Alan Fitzhenry

Administrative Officer, New Ross Municipal District


Philip Knight

Administrative Officer, Gorey Municipal District


Claire Kelly

Climate Action Officer, Environment


Hazel Percival

Senior Executive Librarian, Libraries


Roisin Assinder

Clerical Officer, Corporate Suite


Una Cahill

Assistant Arts Officer, Arts


Caroline Barry

Librarian, Library


Dymphna O'Connor

Senior Executive Officer, Community


Stephanie Warner

Integration Coordinator, Local Authority Integration Team – LAIT


Our Strategy


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