Discover the Norman way of life in the place where it first took hold in Ireland.
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An important maritime gateway for centuries, from Rosslare Harbour it is a short journey to Wales and southern England.
As you explore Ladys Island you will find an impressive Norman castle and tower, along with the remains of medieval church and graveyard.
The Normans were devout Christians. Thanks to this, medieval religious structures such as St Iberius’ Church are still standing here today.
Walk amongst these elaborate ruins to discover medieval church architecture at its best.
This tower house is a wonderful example of the sheer building height that was made possible after the Normans introduced their expert stone construction techniques to the area.
With three of the four main walls still intact, including the spectacular west gable wall, it is easy to visualise how Ishartmon Church would have looked in Norman times.
Tomhaggard is a historic village situated on the edge of two Norman territories, known as ‘baronies’.
By the 15th century, when this tower-house was built, Ireland had become one of the most castellated landscapes in Europe.
Some of the surnames found in this graveyard are evidence that many of the early Normans to arrive in Ireland stayed in this part of Wexford and made it their home.
This seaside village is bustling with modern boats while the image above shows the kind of vessel the Normans would have used to cross the seas all those centuries ago.
This ancient church site is dedicated to St. Imoge and, as with many medieval sites, a church is likely to have existed here before the coming of the Normans to Ireland.
Duncormick is located on the River Muck, a strategic location with a long history of settlement.
The church in Carrig-on-Bannow contains an extremely rare Romanesque font which is one of the finest examples of medieval carving in the region, the ‘Bannow Font’.
The Normans built a settlement here, just a few hundred metres from the site of the first landing of Norman forces in Ireland.
The medieval ruins visible across Bannow Bay are all that remains of the town of Clonmines, the best example of a deserted medieval settlement in Wexford.
A Cistercian abbey founded by the \'greatest knight who ever lived\', William Marshal.
Saltmills gets its name from the tidal mills built here by the monks from Tintern Abbey nearby.
The Normans built the ‘motte’ to the rear of this site soon after they arrived in the 12th century. The stone castle was built later, in the 14th century.
A folk memory suggests that this place gained its name because the Norman ships which landed here were named ‘La Bague’ and ‘La Bonne’.
‘Redmond’ is a popular surname in this part of Ireland. The Norman knight, Raymond Le Gros is the original ‘Redmond’ in Ireland. There are historical references to Raymond’s descendants living in ‘Redmond Hall’ on this site in the 16th century.
The castle in this picturesque fishing village was built in the 15th century by the Norman-descended Laffan family. The adjacent salt-house was constructed in the 17th century and was used to salt the fish that was landed at Slade Harbour.
Hook Lighthouse was built in the early 13th century to help ships safely navigate the treacherous Wexford coastline.
St. Dubhán’s Church is an example of a Norman church with a nave and chancel. The site itself, however, is much earlier and was founded in the 5th century by St. Dubhán.
The name ‘Duncannon’ comes from Irish and means ‘the fort of the son of Conan’. It is therefore possible that there was already a small settlement here before the arrival of the Normans in the late 12th century.
The Cistercian monks from the nearby Dunbrody Abbey developed Ballyhack Castle to protect both its fishing community and the ferry route to Passage East on the Waterford side of the estuary.
Dunbrody Abbey is a Cistercian abbey founded by the Norman knight Hervey de Montmorency on lands granted to him by the local Irish king Diarmuid McMurrough in 1169.
Standing on the River Barrow, the pre-Norman monastery at Kilmokea was an important early church foundation located on an island. Following land reclamation in the 19th century the area is now part of the mainland.
This arboretum is named after U.S. president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The name Fitzgerald came to Ireland with the Norman Conquest.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States of America and could trace his ancestry back to Ireland. The ancestry of the Fitzgeralds in Ireland can be traced back to the Norman conquest.
Stokestown Castle is a tower house which probably dates to the 15th century. Its medieval design makes this short tower quite the iconic structure as it sits nestled within this modern working farmyard.