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This "sweet trinity of rivers," is the cradle of an ancient civilisation - where the waters whisper of mythical conquerors and mystical heroes who set foot here before history began. Here is a country of haunting natural beauty, of kings and castles, of music and poetry - a land of legend. And at its heart lies the town of New Ross - where a legendary welcome awaits you. With it's variety of small shops, restaurants and cafes and it's range of excellent accommodation to suit every budget, the New Ross area, is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful and historic river valleys of the south-east.
There are plenty of places to visit and things to do. In New Ross itself you can visit the impressive Dunbrody Emigrant Ship, take a cruise on the Galley Cruising Restaurant or just relax at the Oaklands Coarse Angling Lake. In the surrounding area you can visit attractions such as J.F.K. Arboretum and Ancestral Home, The Ros Tapestry, Hook Lighthouse, Dunbrody Abbey, Duncannon Fort and Tintern Abbey, and enjoy it's many activities such as golf, angling and walking, or a day at the beach. There is something to please all ages. For further information check with the Tourist Office or the people you're staying with.
THE ROS TAPESTRY - Visit the Ros Tapestry Exhibition Centre for a realistic impression of life in Norman Ireland. The Ros Tapestry tells the story of the Normans in New Ross, one of the first Norman towns in Ireland. A collection of fifteen tapestry panels - embroidered by over 100 local people- weaves together a rich mix of history and legend about the Normans and the Irish and their place in 12th century Europe. Fifteen striking panels relate this tale told in thread as this Norman Odyssey unfolds depicting various historical events around the Normans arrival to the South East of Ireland, with a strong focus on the founding of the town of New Ross in Co. Wexford by William Marshall and his wife Isabel de Clare in 1207.
New to the visitor attraction is a hand-held audio guide - which brings the history of Norman New Ross to life in a dramatic sound track using narration and actors - an experience that will delight and inform anyone who has the smallest interest in this immensely important part of our cultural heritage. The Ros Tapestry is located across from the JFK statue. The Exhibition Centre is open Monday - Saturday from 9.30am to 5.30pm. Admission fees apply.
DUNBRODY FAMINE SHIP
New Ross. Tel: 051 425239
www.dunbrody.com Contact: Sean Reidy
Located alongside the New Ross docks, the Dunbrody Famine Ship is a full scale replica of the original ship built in 1845 which transported emigrants to North America. Visitors to the ship are admitted by means of an 1840's ticket, and meet actors, in costume and character, who tell of the conditions endured, their individual circumstances, all contributing to a far better understanding of life in Ireland during the famine period. Open: April to September, daily 9am to 6pm; October to March 9am to 5pm.
HOOK LIGHTHOUSE VISITOR CENTRE
Hook Head. Tel: 051 397054/5 www.hookheritage.ie firstname.lastname@example.org
A light on Hook Head has marked the entrance to Waterford Harbour for at least two thousand years. The present structure, the medieval tower of Hook, is about 800 years old - one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world. The splendour of the isolated setting at the southern extremity of a long and historic peninsula helps to capture and convey the essence of its colourful story. Guided tours are provided of the lighthouse and there is a café, gift shop, car and coach parking area. Visitor Centre is Open: All year round, daily, 9.30am to 5pm.
HISTORIC NEW ROSS
The great estuary of Waterford Harbour cuts deep into the rich fertile land of the south-east, carrying tales of the sea to towns and villages far inland. For twelve millennia, the Barrow river valley has been Ireland's portal to the outside world. Here, according to mythology, the first humans - fleeing from the Biblical flood - set foot in Ireland. Later, the Milesians - Celts from the Iberian Peninsula - launched their invasion of Ireland here, battling superhuman beings for control of the country!
In historical times, Viking marauders and Norman invaders knew these regions well. The Normans made their first tentative foray here in 1169 and returned in force the year later, changing the course of Irish history and leaving their indelible mark on the Barrow Valley architecture and landscape. Their castles, great abbeys, monasteries and churches are everywhere. The very fields bear the mark of their hand.
It was the Normans who founded the town of New Ross, the breweries, mills and farms of this rich countryside sent their fine produce and strong ales to the world. Through New Ross too, thousands upon thousands of Irish people passed on their way to new lives in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States - Including the great-grandparents of President John F. Kennedy,
whose family originated here. Today, the kennedy's are remembered in the Kennedy Arboretum and the J.F.K. Ancestral Home.
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS
AMBULANCE: EMERGENCY 999
New Ross (051) 473321
FIRE BRIGADE EMERGENCY 999
New Ross (051)421777/421482
GARDA SIOCHANA EMERGENCY 999
New Ross (051) 421204
New Ross Community Hospital (051) 421305
New Ross - New Houghton (051) 421266
NEW ROSS CREDIT UNION
Monday to Friday: 9.45am - 5.00pm
Saturday: 9.45am - 4.00pm
Monday to Friday: 9.00am - 5.30pm.
Morning only on Saturdays
NEW ROSS PARISH CHURCH
Weekdays: 8.00am, 10.00am
Saturdays: 10.00am, 7.00pm
Sundays: 9.00am, 11.00am, 12.15am, 7.00pm
Weekdays: 10.00am. Saturday Vigil Mass: 6.00pm Sundays: 10.30am, 11.30am
ROSBERCON PARISH CHURCH
Saturdays: 10.00am, 7.00pm
Sundays: 11.00am, 7.00pm
ST. MARY'S CHURCH OF IRELAND
Sundays: 11.45am Morning Prayers
New Ross Tourist Office
The Quay, New Ross
Tel: +353 (0) 51 421857 www.visitwexford.ie
New Ross Map and Tourist Information