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Newtownbarry - Wexford - B/W Street scene

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Newtownbarry - Wexford - B/W Street scene

The town which for a time was called 'Newtownbarry' and was the scene of a bloody repulse of Wexford rebels during the 1798 rebellion.The Irish word for Bunclody is Bun Clóidí, which means "the end of the Clóideach" where the little river flows into the Slaney. It was only towards the end of the seventeenth century that the town came into existence, starting as a small village and expanding into a town over the years. The town is situated on the principal road from Rosslare to Dublin. Today, Bunclody is a thriving community. Among the amenities of the town there are number of Gaelic and soccer pitches, a swimming pool, a hotel and both primary and post-primary schools.

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Photo Details

  • County: Wexford
  • Town: Newtownbarry (now Bunclody))
  • Scene: Main St
  • Date:1905 (estimate)

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  • Read about Bunclody below

Bunclody (Newtownbarry)

Bunclody is a small town in Ireland on the River Slaney on the border between Wexford and Carlow. The R746 regional road intersects the N80 in the centre of the town. It is a picturesque town on the Carlow border, on the banks of the River Slaneyand at the foot of Mount Leinster. The bulk of the town is in County Wexford.

It has two churches, one Roman Catholic and the other Church of Ireland. There is also a little Jewish chapel at Rainsford Lodge. The town has primary and second level schools. There are numerous sporting organisations and societies.

There are some lovely scenic drives along the Slaney valley and to popular viewpoints on Mount Leinster. The town also has a heated swimming pool which opens during the school summer holidays. The Millrace Hotel also has a swimming pool.

Another less vigorous activity practised by some of the locals at the weekends, is to purchase a newspaper and then retire to one of over a dozen Pubs to study form (horse racing). Then after a few pints of Guinness and a well marked newspaper, pop into the local bookies for a small bet. Then back to the pub to await the televised race.

Anyway if you do visit, you will always find something to do, whether it be vigorous hill walking or a leisurely river walk, or perhaps a tour of the pubs. Or even eat an ice-cream cone on one of the seats along the Mall (a stream that flows through the centre of main street).

History

The town which for a time was called 'Newtownbarry' and was the scene of a bloody repulse of Wexford rebels during the 1798 rebellion.The Irish word for Bunclody is Bun Clóidí, which means "the end of the Clóideach" where the little river flows into the Slaney. It was only towards the end of the seventeenth century that the town came into existence, starting as a small village and expanding into a town over the years. The town is situated on the principal road from Rosslare to Dublin. Today, Bunclody is a thriving community. Among the amenities of the town there are number of Gaelic and soccer pitches, a swimming pool, a hotel and both primary and post-primary schools.

Notable Events

The town is well known for the 'Eileen Aroon Festival' during the months of July and August. The contemporary visual artist, Grainne Codd is from just outside the town.


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