Newfoundland visitors on the way to town

Published 09/08/2014 | 00:00

DETAILS of the programme for this year's Ireland-Newfoundland Festival stay in Enniscorthy have been announced.

The annual trans-Atlantic gathering encourages friendship between communities in Ireland and Newfoundland/Labrador in Canada.

The 2014 event is being staged in the South East and Enniscorthy has been selected to host the closing stages of the programme, August 28-30.

The Irish first headed for Newfoundland in the 16th century and names such as Aylward, Byrne, Cahill, Doyle, Hogan, Kiely, Lawlor, Mooney, Murphy, Power and Walsh remain to the for there.

The physical and cultural similarities remain - they look like us, they talk like us, sing many of the same songs and dance the same dances.

`This is a wonderful opportunity to share the tourism and heritage delights of the Enniscorthy area with our Canadian visitors,' declared Enniscorthy Municipal District cathaoirleach Barbara-Anne Murphy.

Delegates will stay with host families during their time on Slaneyside and will have a packed schedule.

They will be given guided tours of St. Aidan's cathedral, Enniscorthy Castle, Vinegar Hill and the Father Murphy centre in Boolavogue.

The visitors will take in a look at the national heritage park in Ferrycarrig and a hurling match in Bellefield.

They will have the opportunity to enjoy a night at the dogs as they attend the greyhound racing at the track in the Ross Road as well as a lunch at the 5-star Monart Spa hotel.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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