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Wexford is located in the southeast corner of Ireland. The rest of the country cuts off the county by a series of mountains that run up along its border. The counties that border Wexford are wexford, Waterford, Carlow and Wicklow. Many don't know but Wexford is the largest county in Leinster. Wexford is a very attractive place to visit, the coast has plenty of great beaches that are all safe for swimming and in the summer time it's a great way of spending a few hours. Wexford is a great place to visit, either for the towns and the history associated with them to the people that live there. The people in Wexford are very friendly and welcome everyone that comes here. Wexford has many festivals throughout the year and one of them that many people enjoy is the Strawberry Festival, which sounds like a great day out when people suggest it. Wexford is full of things to see and do and the coast is one of the most attractive features in the southeast. Enjoy the ocean air and take a walk along the long sandy beaches that Wexford has to offer. Also Wexford has a port in Rosslare that allows cars and lorries go from Ireland to Britain in a few hours so it's a great chance of getting from one country to another at really affordable prices.

The county is rich in evidence of early human habitation. Portal tombs (sometimes called dolmens) exist at Ballybrittas (on Bree Hill) and at Newbawn — and date from the Neolithic period or earlier. Remains from the Bronze Age period are far more widespread. Early Irish tribes formed the Kingdom of Uí Cheinnsealaig, an area that was slightly larger than the current County Wexford. The county was one of the earliest areas of Ireland to be Christianised, in the early 5th century. Later, from 819 onwards, the Vikings plundered many Christian sites in the county. Wexford town became a Viking settlement near the end of the 9th century.

Wexford was the site of the invasion of Ireland by Normans in 1169 at the behest of Diarmuid Mac Murrough, King of Uí Cheinnsealaig and king of Leinster (Laigin), which led to the subsequent colonisation of the country by the Anglo-Normans.

U.S. President John F. Kennedy in New Ross – 27 June 1963.The native Irish began to regain some of their former territories in the 14th century, especially in the north of the county, principally under Art MacMurrough Kavanagh.

Under Henry VIII the great religious houses were dissolved, 1536-41 - in Co. Wexford this included Glascarrig Priory, Clonmines Priory, Tintern Abbey, and Dunbrody Abbey.

On 23 October 1641, a major rebellion broke out in Ireland, and Co. Wexford produced strong support for Confederate Ireland. Oliver Cromwell and his English Parliamentarian Army arrived 1649 in the county and captured it. The lands of the Irish and Anglo-Normans were confiscated and given to Cromwell's soldiers as payment for their service in the Parliamentarian Army. At Duncannon, in the south-west of the county, James II, after his defeat at the Battle of the Boyne, embarked for Kinsale and then to exile in France.

Co. Wexford was the most important area in which the 1798 rebellion was fought, during which significant battles occurred at Vinegar Hill (Enniscorthy) and New Ross. The famous ballad Boolavogue was written in remembrance of the Wexford Rising.

At Easter 1916, a small rebellion occurred at Enniscorthy town, on cue with that in Dublin. During World War II, German planes bombed Campile. In 1963 John F. Kennedy, then President of the United States, visited the county and his ancestral home at Dunganstown, near New Ross.

Mountains and hills
Mount Leinster (2003)Largely low-lying fertile land is the characteristic landscape of the county. The highest point in the county is Mount Leinster (795 m, 2610 ft) in the Blackstairs Mountains in the north-west on the boundary with Co. Carlow.

Other high points are:
Black Rock Mountain, which is 599 m (1,965 ft) high. It is located near the Wexford-Carlow border, within Co. Wexford. Croghan Mountain (or Croghan Kinsella) on the Wexford-Wicklow border - 606 m (1,988 ft) high. Annagh Hill 454 m (1,490 ft), near the Wicklow border. Slieveboy at 420 m (1,378 ft) high. Notable hills include: Carrigbyrne Hill, Camross (or Camaross) Hill (181 m), Carrigmaistia (167 m), Bree Hill (179 m), Gibbet Hill, Vinegar Hill, Slievecoiltia and Forth Mountain (237 m), and Tara Hill.

Rivers and lakes
Bridge over the River Barrow at New Ross.The major rivers are the Slaney and the Barrow. At 192 km (119.5 miles) in length, the river Barrow is the second longest river on the island of Ireland. Other smaller rivers of note are the Owenduff, Pollmounty, Corrock, Urrin, Boro, Owenavorragh, Sow and Bann rivers. There is no significant fresh-water lake in the county. Small seaside lakes or lagoons exist at two locations – one is called Lady's Island Lake and the other Tacumshin Lake.

The Saltee Islands, located off Wexford's south coast, are the only major islands in the county. They consist of two main islands - Great Saltee and Little Saltee. Two small rocks, known as Coningmore and Coningbeg, lie roughly south-west of these islands.

The Great Saltee, the biggest of the two Saltee Islands.Bannow Island, approx. 1.6 km (1 mile) in length, lies just inside the entrance of Bannow Bay. This is the island where the Normans first landed in Ireland in 1169. Since then the island has become attached to the mainland due to the process of silting and is no longer an island. Today, there is also a roadway between the former island and the mainland.

In Lady's Island Bay are two small islets - Inish and Lady's Island. In Tacumshin Lake there are two small islets named the Sigginstown Islands - Little and Great. West of Ballyteige Bay are the two Keeragh Islands (or islets), a rocky reef. About 8 km east of Greenore Point is Tuskar Rock - on which sits Tuskar Lighthouse.

Gaelic games
Co. Wexford Flag.GAA is very popular in the county, which is noted most for hurling. Wexford last won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship in 1996, beating County Limerick in the final. However, there has been a rapid decline since then in terms of success. In recent years the county Football team has been making rapid advances. Camogie, a women's version of hurling, is also played, and Wexford won the All Ireland in 2007. Wexford Park is the county's main GAA pitch. Also, handball is played on a limited basis; there are a number of handball alleys located throughout the county.

Wexford Youths F.C., recently formed, is the major soccer club in the county.

There are numerous golf clubs in the county - including Rosslare (a Links course), and Enniscorthy. Two more are located near Gorey - Ballymoney Golf Club and Courtown Golf Club - both 18-hole courses. There are also a few others. New Ross Golf Club, however, is actually located in County Kilkenny - about 1 km from New Ross town.

There are also many par-3 courses in the county, such as Scarke Golf Course & Driving Range, located about 2 km east of New Ross town, the 'Abbey Par 3' course, at Winningtown, Fethard-on-Sea, Blackwater Par 3 Golf Course, Kilnew, Blackwater, located a few kilometres northeast of Wexford town, Garrylough Golf Course and Driving Range, Screen, and Rathaspeck Manor Golf Course, Rathaspeck, near Rosslare (there are also few Par-4 holes on this course). There are also a number of other Par-3 courses in the county.

Other sports
Wexford Racecourse (horse racing) is located at Wexford town and there is a Greyhound Racing track at Enniscorthy.

Wexford Town
New Ross
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Wexford County
Place: Leinister
People: 131,749
Speak: English, Irish
Area: 2,353.19 km2
GPS: -6.666667, 52.5