16 Aug Enniscorthy , County Wexford
Home to the Strawberry Fair every July. The County Museum is housed in the Norman castle overlooking the River Slaney. It contains some interesting documentation on both the 1916 and 1798 rebellions.
The castle itself , built in 1205 , has had many owners , including the poet Edmund Spenser. The castle was given to him by Elizabeth I of England , reputedly in gratitude for his epic poem The Faerie Queene.
On the far side of the river is Vinegar Hill , the site of the main rebel encampment during 1798. On the West bank of the river is St. Aidan’s Cathedral , designed by Augustus Pugin in the 1840s.
Enniscorthy is a real hidden gem and is a must see on your tours of Ireland.