Ireland is a place of great natural beauty and rich historical wonder. It is a place that has seen war, famine, prosperity, and poverty which is part of the almost mystical intrigue surrounding the island they call Eire. Ireland is home to about six million people and they are spread about its four provinces: Connacht, Leinster, Munster, and Ulster. The capital of Ireland, and its biggest city, is Dublin which is located in County Dublin and is home to a half a million people. County Dublin is, of course, a very popular tourist attraction, but there are many other lesser known counties that have a lot to offer tourists as well. This paper will serve as a guide to County Wexford; a county on the southeastern shore of Ireland in the province of Leinster. As is the case with most places in Ireland, County Wexford and its history is steeped in folklore and local legend. According to one such legend, a man named Garman Garbh stole the crown of the queen of his tribe. In searching for Garbh, the queen sought assistance from a local enchantress who used her powers to summon a great flood to drown Garbh. The crown was recovered and the waters that drowned Garman Garbh settled in the lowlands of southeastern Ireland to form Loch Garman, which is located in present day Wexford. Historically, County Wexford got its name from the county town, Wexford, which was founded by the Normans as their first settlement in Ireland. The name Wexford itself comes from the Norman word “weissfjord” which means “land of mud-flats”. County Wexford is home to about 130,000 people and is known as the one of the sunniest places in Ireland. It has a fairly temperate climate with very few extremes in temperature being around 40 degrees in its coldest months and around 60 degrees in its warmest months. This is mainly due to its location in the midst of the North Atlantic drift and the Gulf Stream which help to moderate winter temperatures. Also contributing to...
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