S.A.R.G. goes to New Ross Ros/ Mhic Thriúin 2015

Most members of Stoneyford Active Retirement Group are interested in travelling, however there is a problem, if we wish to travel and if a bus is required the cost of the trip can prove to be prohibitive. To overcome this we decided to try a car trip to New Ross on 3rd. June 2015. This proved to be very successful, at least for short trips and we intend to use this method of touring again.

The weather was beautiful for our trip and I have to say that we were all pleasantly surprised with what New Ross has to offer. For our trip we decided to visit the Famine Ship Dunbrody, The Ros Tapestries and the Kennedy Homestead.
Dun Brody

Dun Brody

The Dunbrody is an authentic reproduction of an 1840’s emigrant vessel, it provides an excellent interpretation of the famine emigrant experience and incorporates a guided tour, costumed performers and themed exhibitions of the highest quality. The Dunbrody provides a unique insight into the bravery and fortitude with which Irish people faced up to a desperate situation. Quite similar to what we are experiencing in the Middle East today!

As well as the ship’s tour, the Dunbrody Visitor Centre houses a charming river-view café and the Irish American Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame commemorates the critical contribution of Irish men and women to US history, as well as acknowledging the continuing contribution of contemporary Irish-Americans.

We had a delicious meal in the visitor centre and I would recommend it highly.

Ros Tapestery

Hunting Scene

Hunting Scene

Across the road from the Dunbrody is the Ros Tapestry exhibition. The Ros Tapestry Project is a massive community initiative in progress in the County of Wexford. Conceived in 1998 and is now being developed by over a 150 dedicated volunteers. They are working on fifteen embroidered panels – 6 x 4 foot each – it is a must see when visiting New Ross.

The Ros Tapestries depict events around the Anglo-Norman arrival in the South East of Ireland, specifically the founding of the town of New Ross, Co. Wexford by William Marshal and Isabel de Clare. The content for these tapestry panels was exhaustively researched and designed by Ann Bernstorff.

The Kennedy Homestead

As the weather was beautiful and we had plenty of time we next went to Dunganstown to visit the Kennedy Homestead.

The Kennedy Homestead is the birthplace of President John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy, it celebrates the story of five generations of the Kennedy dynasty and is still today farmed by his descendants. The Kennedy Homestead, a unique cultural museum is dedicated to “the Kennedys who went away and the Kennedys who stayed behind”.
The curators of the Kennedy Homestead Visitor Centre, using the Kennedy Library archival collection in Boston, have created a state of the art interpretative exhibit which explores the circumstances of Patrick Kennedy’s departure from Ireland in1848. It traces the story of the most famous Irish–American family from famine times to the present day.


Facilities at the Homestead include a unique collection of Kennedy memorabilia, audio-visual display, souvenir shop, picnic area, wheelchair access and extensive car and coach parking facilities. Well worth a visit.



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  1. Jackie says:

    Excellent report, most enjoyable day.

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