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County Town: Wexford
Population: 131,615
Area: 2,352 sq km
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The county of Wexford in Ireland's "Sunny South East" caters for every type of holiday. Families flock to beach resorts such as Courtown, Curracloe and Duncannon - towns that also appeal to fans of fishing, boating, walking and watersports. The historic Hook Peninsula boasts some particularly spectacular coastal scenery with dramatic cliffs, miles of beaches, picturesque fishing villages and one of the world's oldest working lighthouses. Further inland, a peaceful stay is guaranteed amid acres of unspoilt countryside. There's mountain scenery, too, to the north west of Wexford, where the Blackstairs Mountains form a boundary with County Carlow, and to the north, where the forested Wicklow Mountains and Slieveboy create a scenic backdrop for villages such as Askamore. Wexford enjoys some delightful landscapes around the Slaney and Barrow rivers, where canoeing and river trekking are increasingly popular. In the south east, Rosslare Harbour is an important port, with regular sailings to Wales and France. Golf and riding are well provided for throughout the county, with horse-racing at Wexford Town, greyhound racing at Enniscorthy, and other sports including quad biking, paintball and laser tag. The county's main towns are Wexford, Gorey, Enniscorthy and New Ross. Wexford, a vibrantly modern town with echoes of past times in its streets and buildings, offers good shopping, dining, arts, crafts, culture and leisure (and a huge wildfowl reserve), while New Ross preserves the birthplace of a famous son - the great- grandfather of American president John F Kennedy. There are many historic sights to see across Wexford, from ancient monuments, abbeys (famously Tintern and Dunbrody abbeys), churches, castles and forts to grand manor houses, beautiful gardens and forests. Museums and folk parks aid historical appreciation, with attractions including The Irish National Heritage Park at Ferrycarrig. Kids, meanwhile, can enjoy traditional seaside amusements as well as karting, tenpin bowling, pet farms and play barns.

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