SOUTH EAST HOTELS
SOUTH EAST IRELAND – WHY GO?
Known as Ireland’s Sunshine Coast, County Wexford is the place for blue skies. Fringed almost end-to-end with beaches, it’s the driest spot in Ireland and rarely crowded. Curracloe Strand was the setting for the Normandy landings in Stephen Spielberg’s film Saving Private Ryan.
President Kennedy hailed from the region and it’s worth visiting the JFK Arboretum at New Ross, established as a memorial. Wexford town hosts an annual music season and even a Strawberry fair in September.
Waterford also packs in plenty of appeal, and the town itself is a charmer, its houses and spires ranged along the banks of the river. You’ll see Waterford crystal on display everywhere and you can see how it’s made at the town’s glass factory.
The charms of tiny County Carlow include the Blackstairs mountains and the River Barrow (fishing permits can be arranged for those staying at Kilgraney House), not to mention the pretty town of Bagenalstown, with its riverside walks. The town’s courthouse was modelled on the Parthenon in Athens.