Food & Exploration

Wexford on Fridays and Enniscorthy on Saturdays have an organic food market from 9am to 1pm. Local cheeses, chicken, lamb, beef, fruit and vegetables are brought to the markets straight from the farm. A superb selection of local produce particularly if you enjoy your cooking. Gourmet food stalls also provide a wide variety of other great produce such as Olive oils, Fois Gras, Olives and other niceties

Ballycross Apple Farm just outside Bridgetown in South Wexford has an Apple Fair on Saturdays and Sundays from July to February. Fresh Apple Juice from John O Gold, Cox''s Pippins, Elstar and other apples grown in their orchards are on sale as well as delicious fresh apples. Waffles with continental chocolate and cream, fresh coffee and a children''s farm make it a wholly enjoyable visit for all the family.

Green Berry Farm about 4 miles outside Gorey has strawberries raspberries logan berries gooseberries and blackcurrants in season are in season. Again a taste sensation when enjoyed with a big dollop of cream. Wexford is famous across Ireland for its Strawberries!

Blackberries can be just picked from the hedgerows in late Aug and Sept as can Sloes for pink gin for Christmas. Frockins or blueberries grow freely in the Wicklow Mountains in May and June.

Stable Diet which is near the beautiful old fishing village of Kilmore Quay has a range of delicious home cooked breads cakes and preserves as well as a Coffee Shop which has been created in a restored old Wexford farmyard. The web site is www.stablediet.net if you want to have a look.

Meylers Fish Shop

Highly recommended is Meylers fish shop just of the old shopping street in Wexford town. This is unquestionably one of the best and oldest fish shops in Ireland. If you plan to cook fish at home on any evening or even outside on the BBQ Meylers is a must. The fish is of the highest quality, with everything from Lobster, Turbot, Sole, Langoustines, Bream, Hake and Wild Irish Salmon. It is well worth a visit for those who enjoy their food.

Meylers also smoke and export their own 'Wild' Irish Salmon which is not to be missed!!

Green Acres in Wexford town is run by James O'Connor who has a passion for all the good things in life has a wide range of wine and cheeses. Crochan and mini Gabhar are made locally in Kilmuckridge and sold into Harrods in London. Both fine local cheeses and not to be missed. Green acres is a pleasure to visit in the summer when the old Norman town of Wexford with its narrow streets is buzzing.

Green Acres also does a fine range of wine for those special occasions. Everything from reasonably priced Bordeaux's to robust Italian reds like Barolo right up to classics like Petrus and Haut Brion. There is also a charming art gallery in the shop which feature both local and foreign artists

www.greenacres.ie

La Dolce Vita in Trimmers Lane is a café and restaurant open to 5pm which serves divine coffee and where it is also possible to buy Italian olive oil and a wide range of gourmet foods. Again worth a visit!

Day to Day Groceries

For practical shopping Kilmuckridge Village has 2 supermarkets which open from 9am to 7pm weekdays and 9am to 7pm Sundays. In summer they open to 9pm. Londis in the Village centre has quite excellent beef and lamb.

Tesco in Gorey which is open 24 hours is about a 15 minute drive.

Browsing the shops in Wexford and Enniscorthy

The local towns Gorey, Enniscorthy and Wexford have many individual boutique shops which provide unusual jewellery, clothes, local crafts. They provide a refreshing change to the high street chains.

Shopping in Wexford is mainly along the Main Street and the Bullring. Diana Donnelly's in the Bullring has a classical and beautiful range of French and German designer clothes and unusual and interesting accessories.

Enniscorthy provides more a journey of discovery with shops tucked away into smaller streets. Enniscorthy is still a town where parcels can still be wrapped in brown paper and tied with string.

Craft Shopping

Ceadogan Rugs in Wellington Bridge in Wexford make contemporary wall hangings and rugs. Their showrooms set in an old farmyard near Wellington Bridge has an extensive display of their work. Really more art than craft it is well worth a visit when you go to South Wexford. www.ceadoganrugs.ie

Bevel Furniture in Poulfur combines traditional furniture making skills with modern design and has a display of their work in Beech Oak and Elm and other hardwoods. www.bevelfurniture.com

Annette Whelan just outside Kilmore Quay specialises in stained and hand painted glass. It is open from April to Sept from 10am - 6pm and Oct to Dec from 11am - 5pm. It is closed on Sundays

Kiltrea Pottery outside Enniscorthy has an unusual range of pottery using local clays. It is well hidden in beautiful verdant countryside.

www.kiltreapottery.com

A little further afield lies Enny Art and Design. It is well worthwhile planning a tour of the craft shop. These beautiful artisan pieces make ideal wedding gifts.

Kilkenny Design Centre

The whole Kilkenny area which borders Wexford is dotted with craft workshops, Nicholas Moss Pottery, Jerpoint Glass, Chesneau leather and many others are just an hours drive from Morriscastle. It is also the headquarters of the Craft Council of Ireland who run almost continuous exhibitions of Irish Arts and Crafts in the Exhibition Centre there. www.kilkennytourism.ie

Kilkenny Design Centre is just opposite the Castle in Kilkenny City. It is set in the 18th century Coach House of the Castle with its arched gateway and copper domed clocktower it is a very classy place to shop indeed. It has an extensive range of quality Irish crafts. Many workshops operate in the Courtyard behind the design Centre and it is interesting to watch jewellery glass pottery and other crafts being made. Part of the Design Centre is its excellent restaurant and café. www.kilkennydesign.com

Waterford Glass and the Ballyhack Ferry

Waterford noted for its crystal has a Factory shop and Exhibition Centre at the Waterford Glass factory is about an hour from Morriscastle.The huge shimmer of crystal chandeliers on display is awesome! Glass blowing and cutting demonstrations are given but it is important to phone before hand to confirm the times. There is no sale of seconds.

Travelling to Waterford via Ballyhack and taking the ferry brings visitors onto the South West side of Waterford where the factory is situated. The ferry travels across the confluence of the Barrow Noire and Suir Rivers between two pretty villages on either side. It lasts about 10 mins and bordered with wooded cliffs and with distant views to sea it makes a calm and peaceful interlude before entering the busy city of Waterford.

www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com

Day trip to Dublin

Dublin is just 1.25 hours drive from Morriscastle.

We offer secure parking in Dublin directly off the N11 and immediately beside a bus lane into the city centre. Alternatively take the train from Gorey to Dublin. The journey goes through the woodlands of Wicklow and along the coast. When it comes to Co. Dublin the train rides precariously along the cliffs of Killiney with panoramic views of Dublin Bay. Dublin is the capital city bursting with vitality and life and full of shops with Irish and international goods.

www.dublintourism.com

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