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Ferns - the Ancient Capital of Leinster and Gateway to Norman Wexford - visit Medieval and Christian heritage sites including a Norman Castle - Nearby towns and attractions: Courtown, Gorey and Enniscorthy

The MacMurrough Inquiry. To mark the 850th anniversary of the arrival of the Normans, this year's Ferns Conference will hold an 'Inquiry' into the extent to which Diarmuid MacMurrough, King of Leinster, was responsible. The conference will take place in St. Edan's Cathedral, Ferns on October 12th.

diarmuid_macmurrough_9204c.jpgThis mural on Main St. depicts Diarmuid MacMurrough, 12th century King of Leinster, a complex character - some say a traitor, others a man of his time. Come visit, talk to Why not visit, have a chat with the locals and see what we think There are so many great stories associated with Ferns and its medieval heritage.

Check out the recently installed 'helmet' installations - there are five in all and each focuses on a different aspect of Ferns' history.
img_0807b.jpg This one features a medieval village and brings us back to medieval times when Norman Knights galloped past on their way to the Castle. They really are very special.

For people taking the Irelandís Ancient East journey, a trip to Ferns is worth taking. Itís rich medieval heritage played a significant role in shaping Ireland as it is today. It was from Ferns that Diarmuid MacMurrough, King of Leinster, set off to seek help in retaining power, resulting in the arrival of the Normans in 1169, thus changing the course of Irish history. In Ferns you can walk in the footsteps of medieval and Christian history, with archaeological remains testament to its title of ĎAncient Capital of Leinster'. In the summer months, you can get a free guided tour of Ferns Castle by the highly rated OPW guides. Visit our Ferns Heritage page for details of our heritage sites. Spend a while and after a relaxing meander you have many choices for the next step of your journey, nearby Ballymore Historic Features or Fr. Murphy Centre or maybe you would like to shop in the lively town of Gorey, laze on nearby beaches, take a walk on a Wexford Walking Trail or spend a while in historic Enniscorthy where you have lots to choose. If you have time continue south to the Tintern Abbey and the Hook Lighthouse - both have associations with Ferns as they have Marshal connections and really worth a visit to hear their story. Marshal of course married Ferns' own Diarmuid MacMurrough's grandaughter and had such a huge impact both in Ireland and England.

Wexford Trails

Ferns Village is very proud to be part of Wexford Heritage Trail and the recently launched Wexford Walking Trail. The establishment of the Wexford Trails brand is a valuable asset which will enhance the visitor experience and raise awareness of the variety and quality of the attractions within our county. Other trails in the Wexford Trails brand are the Wexford Garden Trail and the Wexford Craft Trail.
Visit our Ferns heritage page to download the Wexford Heritage Trail brochure and A3 map.

A visit to Ferns and surrounds provides a lot to see and do, from walks in wooded areas to the more athletic pursuits of soccer and gaelic games and the more leisurely activities of tapestry and horseshoes. A vibrant community which has seen much change over the centuries, it is now a modern, vibrant village, growing in reputation as a tourist destination. There are almost 30 voluntary groups in our diverse and welcoming community with a range of shops and businesses to look after your every need. If its not here, we will certainly do our best to put you on the right track.

heritage_week_in_ferns_dscf1912.jpgSet in the sunny South East, in very picturesque countryside, Ferns is a village located on the N11 between the nearby towns of Enniscorthy and Gorey. Wonderful range of beaches within easy reach, from the seaside resort of Courtown to beaches stretching south towards Wexford. Staying in Ferns is a unique experience, accommodation locally is top class.

Click here for information on Ferns Heritage Sites