Dunbrody and Irish Heritage Pak

Dunbrody and Irish Heritage Pak

New Ross and the Dunbrody
The port town of New Ross dates from pre - Middle Ages. The earliest settlement in this area dates back to the 6th century when St. Abban of Magheranoidhe founded a monastery in what is now the Irishtown. New Ross was in the territory of Dermot McMurrough and came to prominence when the Anglo-Normans conquered the region. The town was fought over in the Irish Confederate Wars of the 1640s. In 1643, the town resisted the siege by James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, who fought a battle near the town with an Irish army under Thomas Preston, 1st Viscount Tara. However it was later taken by Oliver Cromwell, during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland in 1649 who discharged three cannon shots at the Aldgate and thereafter it was known as the Three Bullet Gate. The Three Bullet Gate is referenced in several Irish ballads, as the Bearna bhaoil (Gap of Danger), such as Kelly the Boy From Killanne and most notably in the Irish National Anthem.

New Ross in 1832.
The town is a geographically important crossing point, sited where it is on the River Barrow due to it being located between the river estuary to the south and the point where the River Nore joins the Barrow to the north. It was the location of one of the bloodiest battles of the 1798 rebellion. During this Rebellion, a fierce and decisive battle took place in New Ross on 5 June between the Irish rebels and the British forces. The poorly armed rebels captured most of the town by weight of numbers and drove out the defending soldiers. The soldiers returned later in the day and recaptured the town. Over 2,000 people died during the battle and most of the thatched margarets were burned.

The 18th and 19th centuries were prosperpous times for New Ross with the colonisation of North America. Local merchants sailed their own ships back and forth to the colonies often carrying Irish emigrants. A replica of one of those ships, the Dunbrody, is now berthed on the quay in New Ross and offers visitors to the ship an insight into life as a passenger during the late 19th century. 

Towards Wexford Town you will find ...

Irish National Heritage Park
Take an incredible journey through 9000 years of Ireland's past in our outdoor museum! Explore the world of our ancestors as you roam freely through 35 acres of woodlands and wetlands trails. Build a house of wattle, pan for gold or even shoot a Viking bow! Or just relax with a coffee beside the lake while the kids play on one of our two adventure playgrounds.

A visit to the Irish National Heritage Park is like no other you can imagine.The world you enter is an authentic recreation of Ireland’s heritage. Homesteads, places of ritual, burial modes and long forgotten remains will enlighten the casual visitor and interest the scholar.

Actitvies for kids include:

Trials of Tuan
Activity Scramble
Archery (Seasonal)
Adventure Playground


"I have heard good reports about both attractions, but have not tried them myself. My son Joel will in April 2016, and I shall report here." - Martin



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    • Dunbrody, New Ross
    • Irish National Heritage Park
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