Situated in Ireland’s “Sunny South East”, the historic town of Enniscorthy enjoys an enviable location on the picturesque River Slaney just over an hour by motorway from Dublin, forty minutes from Rosslare Europort and twenty-five minutes from some of the best beaches in Europe.
Enniscorthy manages to seamlessly combine the Old and the New. It was founded as a monastic settlement in the 6th century and today is a world leader in sustainability thanks to the new Enniscorthy Technology Park. Helping to unite the Old and the New is the majestic River Slaney which has flowed through the town for centuries.
The “Old” can be seen and appreciated with a visit to Enniscorthy Castle, situated in the heart of the town and dating back to the 1190s. Just a short stroll away, passing traditional shopfronts and streetscapes, is St. Aidan’s Cathedral, designed by leading architect Augustus Pugin, best known for his work on the Palace of Westminster in London. The town is overlooked by Vinegar Hill – a place with scintillating views, and synonymous with the 1798 Rebellion in Ireland. To learn more about that period, a visit to the town’s National 1798 Rebellion Centre is highly recommended.
Enniscorthy is also about the “New” which can be seen in the huge range of excellent community facilities in the town. All major sports are well catered for e.g. GAA, soccer, rugby, golf, tennis, swimming, kayaking, athletics and several state-of-the-art gyms. Enniscorthy is particularly well served with schools and a large range of preschool facilities. Two modern 4-star hotels cater for tourists and locals alike. The Enniscorthy Technology Park is at the forefront of sustainability and innovation while the Enniscorthy North Business District is home to an array of established and dynamic businesses.
Enniscorthy is well known as a cultural hub – a new arts centre houses exhibitions, drama, concerts and a range of other cultural events. The town’s literary heritage includes multi-award-winning writer Colm Tóibín and internationally-renowned poet Anthony Cronin. A dedicated festival is held every year to celebrate all things literary. The town’s Rockin’ Food & Fruit Festival attracts over 100,000 visitors each summer. The Blackstairs Blues Festival, held every September, is Ireland’s longest continuously running Blues festival. And the annual Enniscorthy Street Rhythms Festival is a must for children of all ages.
Enniscorthy is renowned for its many and varied independent retailers situated in its historic buildings with traditional shopfronts. And there is no shortage of cafes, pubs and restaurants to suit every taste and budget.
There is something for everybody – families, couples, groups and businesses – to enjoy in Enniscorthy. So if you are considering a visit to explore our unique story and location; investing to avail of our business value proposition and connections with local innovative companies; or moving here to take advantage of the enviable lifestyle, affordable housing and strong sense of community, we look forward to extending you a warm Enniscorthy welcome.