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…

Vinegar Hill

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Once the rebellion in the counties of Antrim and Down were suppressed by the Crown Forces under the leadership of General Lake, he then wanted to bring the rebellion in County Wexford to an abrupt end. Meanwhile in the previous weeks the rebel army had experienced some major defeats at the battles of Newtownbarry (Bunclody),…