Interesting Facts about Wexford
- Records show that Wexford is the sunniest county in Ireland!
On average Wexford receives more hours of sunshine than any other county in Ireland.
- Wexford has over 250km of coastline, much of which is made up of beautiful wide-open sandy beaches. It claims to have one of the longest continuous beaches in Ireland running along its coast for 27km.
- The D-day sequence in Steven Spielberg’s 1998 Oscar-winning film ‘Saving Private Ryan’, was filmed on Curracloe Beach not far from Wexford town.
- Who would have thought that Ireland’s most iconic beer would be responsible for the world’s most iconic record-holding book?
Despite what you may think about a pint and its ability, to tell the truth, Guinness (the drink) is the reason the world relies on Guinness World Records (known as ‘The Guinness Book of Records’ since 2000).
The village of Castlebridge, 5km from Wexford town, is the founding place of the Guinness Book of World Records.
On 10 November 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, then the managing director of Guinness Breweries, went on a shooting party in the North Slobs by the river Slaney in County Wexford. A debate ensued over which was the fastest game bird in Europe and Beaver realized that there were no reference books to answer such questions.
He decided to address this, and the Guinness Book of World Records was born in August 1954. It went on to sell over 100 million copies in 100 different countries – the world’s bestselling copyrighted books of all time.
- The Hook Lighthouse is one of the oldest and still operating lighthouses in the world. The lighthouse was set up in the 5th century when a fire would be set to warn incoming mariners. The Hook Lighthouse is listed as one of the top 14 attractions in Ireland by the Lonely Planet.
- Wexford was founded by the Vikings about 800 AD, besieged by the Normans about 1169 and was predominantly an English settlement during the Middle Ages.
- A language known as ‘Yola’ was spoken in Wexford until it became extinct in the mid-19th
- Wexford is home to one of Europe’s most successful opera festivals, ‘The Wexford Festival Opera’. The festival was established in 1951 and has been running ever since
- In GAA (the Gaelic sports of Hurling and Irish Football), players from Wexford are known as ‘Yellowbellies’, a reference to the color scheme of the GAA team uniform.
Wexford’s brewery ‘Yellow Belly Beer’ is one of Ireland’s leading breweries and has released over 300 beers since opening in 2015.
- Wexford is famous for its strawberries and the town of Enniscorthy actually holds a ‘Strawberry Festival’ every year to celebrate this!
- Patrick Kennedy, John F. Kennedy’s grandfather, was born in New Ross, County Wexford.
- Commodore John Barry, the father of the American Navy, was born in the village of Tacumshane, south of Wexford town.
We hope you enjoyed reading about the interesting facts about Wexford.
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