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Castlebridge Website

A lovely river walk and waterfall

JFK Arboretum

051 388 171 John F Kennedy Memorial Park New Ross, Co. Wexford Website

John F. Kennedy Memorial Park consisting of 623 acres of land is dedicated to the memory of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and is located near New Ross in County Wexford. A Visitor Centre houses exhibitions and audio visual show. The Gardens contain over 500 different rhododendrons and azaleas, an internationally important collection of over…

Henry Roche

When Henry Roche of Enniscorthy Castle married Miss Josephine Shriver in 1900, the Bride from Baltimore, U.S.A. was destined to provide a link between Enniscorthy and the United States Presidency. Miss Shriver’s first cousin was Robert Sargent Shriver’s mother and Sargent Shriver married Miss Eunice Kennedy, sister of the late John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), 35th…

John Holland

John Holland (1841-1914), a native of County Clare, went to America and invented the ‘Holland’ Submarine. He is known as ‘the Father of the Modern Submarine’ and while a member of the Christian Brothers he taught for a short time at a school in Enniscorthy.

Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray Eileen Gray (1879-1976) was born at Brownswood House, near Enniscorthy, but settled in Paris to become a renowned Designer and Architect. In the early 1920s, she flew on the first airmail service in America from New Mexico to Acapulco. She is now regarded as one of the most important Furniture Designers and Architects…

Anna Leon – Owens

Number 34 Weafer Street also known as ‘Chantemode’ was allegedly the birthplace of Anna Leon –Owens (1831-1915), who became Governess to the King of Siam. Along with her son, Tom, she was the subject of a well known book, ‘Anna and the King of Siam’, and the film with Yul Brynner, ‘The King and I’.…

Colm Toibin

Colm Toibín born in Enniscorthy in 1955 is a multi award-winning novelist. He has written several novels, short stories, and a play and was a high profile journalist as one time editor of Magill magazine. His novel The Heather Blazing won the 1993 Encore award. The Blackwater Lightship was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize…

Anthony Cronin

Another famous writer born in Slaney Street, Enniscorthy in 1928 is Anthony Cronin. Well known for his poetry he received the Marten Toonder Award for his contribution to Irish Literature. He is a founding member of Aosdána. He was one of the main architects of one of the most innovative and influential Artistic and Cultural…

Peter Murphy

Another Enniscorthy Writer, Peter Murphy, in February 2009 published his debut Novel ‘John the Revelator’ to rave reviews and it was shortlisted for Costa First Novel Award. Peter is a writer, journalist and is a contributing editor with Hot Press Magazine. He writes about music, books and films.

Guglielmo Marconi

Italian born Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937) obtained the world’s first patent in Wireless Telegraphy and is rightfully titled ‘the Father of Modern Radio’. The Enniscorthy blood in this man’s veins is that of his mother, Annie Jameson, Granddaughter of the founder of the Jameson whiskey distillery.