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Wexford, Ireland

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Wexford, Ireland Jun 29, 2008
Wexford is located in the south east of Ireland and basically occupies the 'corner' of the country. The county is very popular with domestic tourists and has been for a long time. The reason is that Wexford occupies much of the 'sunny south-east' of Ireland. Along with County Waterford it is the only county in the sunny south-east to have a coastline, hence it's popularity. Wexford has some really nice and really big beaches too so each summer the population swells with holiday makers, especially people from Dublin which is only a two hour drive away. It is becoming increasingly common for affluent Dubs to buy holiday homes or mobile homes in Wexford and this is not always welcomed by the locals who during the summer are pretty much outnumbered by non-locals. The truth is that Wexford doesn't get a lot of foreign tourists and the domestic tourists are largely from Dublin. In fact travelling from Wexford to Dublin is one of the fairly few journeys you can make in Ireland without getting lost. You just have to take one straight road, the N-11. The road has just recently been upgraded and travelling even to the far south of Wexford has never been easier.

As a Dubliner myself I never really understood the appeal of Wexford, until a couple of years ago. I had visited many times and certainly found it to be a nice place but some Dubs go on about their second home a bit too much and some choose to spend too much of their time during the summer in Wexford. In various towns, camps and resorts there are also tightly knit social circles of Dubliners which can often become cliques.

When my parents bought a house in Wexford I was initially against the idea and tried to persude them to buy abroad but they wanted somewhere that they could use often. I begrudgingly visited and was quite quickly one over. Wexford really is the sunny south-east and the weather there seems to be always much better than it is in Dublin. It's that little bit warmer too and a little less changeable too. Although the weather isn't quite as good as that of Northern France it does remind me of Brittany or Normandy (in terms of the weather). Maybe it's just the sea air coupled with the sunshine. I now go to Wexford often enough. Though I haven't become one of those people who chooses to go each and every single weekend of the summer. However I go at least once or twice in the summer and once each winter. My friends and I get a couple of cars and drive down for weekend of sun, sea, sand and well, drinking!

It's great that we can pretty much rely on their being good weather and even if their isn't we can still have a really good time. I'm not much of a fan of beaches because sand just gets everywhere!!! I do love the sea though and I can never resist a good beach, especially in Wexford. They aren't particularly beautiful but they are certainly more than just nice and they are long and spacious and many aren't that crowded at all which is great for relaxing.

Aside from the beaches and weather Wexford doesn't have a great deal to offer but it does have some attractions such as the beautifully rugged Hook Head, Lady's Island the the towns of Enniscorthy, Ferns and Wexford all have something to offer in terms of good restaurants, charm or just some small, pretty streets. Gorey is another relatively large town in Wexford. Enniscorthy also has a decent museum on the 1798 Rebellion which was largely based around Enniscorthy and Vinegar Hill just outside the town.

The truth is not too much will attract foreign tourists to Wexford so it will largely remain a place just for Irish people to go but if you happen to come to Ireland and you are cursed by some particularly bad weather (it happens to some), you should probably just head to Wexford and hope for sun, if it is to come it will arrive in Wexford first.
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