County Wexford


In the south and east lies the coast of the Irish Sea, west of the River Barrow forms the western boundary of the county. Other major rivers in the county are spell and Slaney. To the west lie the Blackstairs Mountains, in the north the Croghan Mountains. The highest mountain in the county is Mount Leinster with a height of 795 meters.

Wexford consists mainly of low-lying, fertile land, which is why agriculture is also the largest economic factor.


North of the harbor of Wexford is the area North Slob, which every winter home to about 10,000 white-fronted geese is ( almost one- third of the world population). In Wexford is also the Lady's Iceland Lake - every summer important breeding site for terns, especially for the roseate tern.


Until the Cambro -Norman occupation of Ireland Wexford was part of the Kingdom of Leinster. In 1169, the Anglo-Normans in Ireland and conquered in the wake of this area. In the 12th century, the county was founded. Wexford, particularly the baronies of Bargy and Forth were in the Middle Ages, the most severely affected by English settlers inhabited regions of Ireland. Yola, an old English dialect that was spoken until the 19th century only in Wexford. Only the northern part of the county got its Gaelic - Irish character at this time.

During the 1640s annual Wexford rendered great support for the Confederacy Ireland. A fleet of Confederate privateers was stationed in the port of Wexford. During the subsequent reconquest of Ireland by Oliver Cromwell, the city was captured, looted and burned for the most part.

During the Irish Rebellion of 1798 several battles took place in the county of Wexford, in particular the Battle of Vinegar Hill and the Battle of New Ross ( 1798) - the traditional song Boolavogue is about the rebellion in Wexford.

In the 1970s Carnsore Point came in Wexford in the headlines when there is a nuclear power plant should be built. Meanwhile located in this area of 14 wind turbines.

On some beaches in Wexford the opening scene of the movie Saving Private Ryan was filmed.


The distribution of seats in the County Council after the local elections of June 5, 2009:


The county is dominated by agriculture, with agriculture (barley, oats, potatoes and wheat) and livestock (pig, sheep farming, dairy farming ). There are also food, fertilizers, agricultural machinery.



  • Bally Brittas portal tomb
  • Dunbrody Abbey
  • Clonmines
  • Ferns
  • Johnstown Castle
  • Rathmarknee Castle
  • Tintern Abbey ( Wexford )

Personalities from Wexford

  • John Barry, founder of the U.S. Navy
  • Anthony Cronin ( born 1928 ), writer
  • John Banville ( born 1945 ), writer
  • Colm Tóibín ( born 1955 ), writer
  • Eoin Colfer (born 1965 ), writer
  • Pádraic Delaney ( born 1977 ), actor
  • Kevin Doyle ( b. 1983 ), football player
  • Chris de Burgh ( b. 1948 ), musician