In a two part programme, Nationwide explores Wexford, and takes in Vinegar Hill, Oulart, Enniscorthy, Wells House, Hook and Johnstown Castle. Available to watch worldwide on RTÉ Player International now.
In the first programme Nationwide visits the northern end of the County to showcase the heritage and tourist sites which attract visitors all year round including Vinegar Hill and the battle sites associated with it, the Equinox site at Oulart and the historic village of Ferns. They also spend time in Enniscorthy, Wexford’s second largest town and with a history stretching back to 465. Vinegar Hill overlooks the town, and was the largest camp and headquarters of the rebels of 1798.
So many big estates have fallen into disrepair as a result of the vast sums of money involved in running them. Wells House has been around for over 300 years and was built in the late 1600s by John Warren who owned more than 6,000 acres of land in the area. It was purchased on his death by the Doyne family who then lived there, and engaged renowned English architect, Daniel Robertson to completely redesign the house during the 1830′s. It was Robertson who designed the house standing at Wells today.
For the owners, opening their ‘Big House’ to the public is one way of funding the upkeep of the Estate but it also gives us a fascinating insight into the lives of the privileged classes. Recently Helen McInerney visited ‘Wells House and 450 acre Estate’ near Gorey in Co.Wexford where she heard tales of romance, intrigue and inherited wealth.
In the second of the two programmes from County Wexford, Nationwide visits some the sites of South Wexford. Experience the Hooked Safari and beauty of the Hook Peninsula and its environs, famous for its breathtaking views and national heritage sites.
In addition to the the thrills and spills of adventure with Sheilbaggan, Nationwide goes Hooked Kite Surfing and explores the exciting tourism plans for the wonderful 19th Century Johnstown Castle. Designed by Daniel Roberston, famed for the gardens at Powerscourt Co. Wicklow, and Wells House, the land has been occupied since the 1170’s and in 1945 was presented as a gift to the nation. It is now owned and run by Teagasc, who have a research facility on the site.