Enniscorthy

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Enniscorthy () is the second largest town in County Wexford, Ireland. The population of the town and environs is 9538. sheds no light on the origins of the town's name. It may refer either to the "Island of Corthaidh" or the "Island of Rocks". With a history going back to 465 Enniscorthy is one of the longest continuously-occupied sites in Ireland. The cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ferns is sited in the town.

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Transport

Enniscorthy has a railway station on the Dublin–Rosslare line. The line terminates at Rosslare Europort. The station opened on 16 November 1863.There is a bus station at Templeshannon, with bus connections to Waterford, Dublin, and other major cities nearby.

History



Enniscorthy Castle

Enniscorthy Castle (www.enniscorthycastle.ie) is an imposing Norman stronghold, , which dates from 1205 and was a private dwelling until 1951. The castle was built by the DePrendergast's. The poet Edmund Spenser lived in the castle for a period and it is said that Queen Elizabeth I gave him the castle because of all the good things he said about her in the poem "The Faerie Queene".

The castle was also once owned by Sir Henry Wallop. The castle was the site of many fierce battles during the Cromwellian years and also the 1798 Rising. The castle houses the Wexford County Museum, which contains extensive...
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