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County Wexford is nestled in the south-east corner of Ireland over 909 square miles of unspoiled countryside, often described at the 'secret island'. Wexford boasts of a stunning coastline of four Blue Flag beaches and miles of golden sand. Combined with a warm and sunny climate, County Wexford is a haven for beach lovers and water sport enthusiasts.

Wexford derives its name from the Viking 'Weissfjord' meaning sea washed town. Much of the county's remarkable history of early Celtic, Viking and Norman remains have been preserved and transformed into premier tourist attractions. The Irish National Heritage Park presents life as it was including a Viking boatyard, replicas of homesteads and a 7th century watermill.

Visitors to County Wexford can also enjoy world class golf, equestrian pursuits, excellent fishing in the River Slaney and deep sea angling off the coast. Wexford is well know for its cultural calendar - highlighted by the internationally renowned annual Wexford Festival of Opera.

Towns in County Wexford

The county capital is the town of Wexford. Other townships include Enniscorthy, New Ross, Gorey and Bunclody. The population of County Wexford is just over 104,000.

Business Information

Traditionally County Wexford has a strong agricultural base stemming from fertile soil and a mild climate. Tillage, corn, dairy and soft fruits have given rise to a food processing industry in the county. The water and port facilities have played an important role for County Wexford. The main sea port for the southern part of Ireland is Rosslare, offering related businesses a Tax Free zone in the port area. Wexford is well known for its indigenous light and general engineering, stainless steel manufacturing and tooling. The services sector is growing to meet the urban developments across the county. IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland both promote County Wexford as a potential growth area for larger industries.

Helpful contact details for business enquiries

Wexford County Council

Tel: (353) 053 42211
Wexford County Enterprise Board Tel: (353) 053 22965
Wexford Leader II - W.O.R.D. Tel: (353) 053 46453
Enterprise Ireland Regional Office Tel: (353) 051 378446
IDA Ireland Regional Office Tel: (353) 051 378446
Sources of finance applicable to business start up, development and acquisition, and related agencies, are as follows

Credit Unions:

Tel: (353) (0)1 490 8911
National Irish Bank:  Tel: (353) (0)1 678 5066
Ulster Bank (Small Business Unit):  Tel: (353) (0)1 677 7623
Bank of Ireland Enterprise Support Unit:  contact any branch
Smurfit Job Creation Enterprise Fund Tel: (353) (0)1 478 4091
The Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Employment:
TEL: (353) (0) 1 661 4444;
www.irlgov.ie/entemp has extensive and very helpful advice on all aspects of business and employment in Ireland, including a business start up information pack which is superbly put together and includes everything from planning, funding, locating, employing people and development businesses.
Travel (see also town guides)

County Wexford is home to on of Ireland's principle ferry ports - Rosslare. An excellent road system links Wexford with the rest of the country. Trunk roads to Dublin and the west all converge in Wexford. Bus Eireann operate an efficient bus service across County Wexford. Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail) run trains from Rosslare to Dublin and across to Waterford, Cork and Limerick. Waterford Airport is less than one hour away from Wexford with flights to the UK.

Waterford Airport
www.homepage.tinet.ie/ wra

Tel: (353) 051 875589

Stena Line

Tel: (353) 01 204 7700

Irish Ferries

Tel: (353) 01 555 1995

Iarnrod Eireann - Irish Rail

Tel: (353) 053 22522

Bus Eireann

Tel: (353) 051 873401
Tourist Office
Wexford Tourism Tel: (353) 053 42211

South East Tourist Office

Tel: (353) 053 23111
Tourism, Leisure and Accommodation
Please see town guides
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