An Emigrants Tale

Have you any Irish in you?

If your ancestors left Ireland during the 17’or 1800’s you may have wondered what their life was like?

Through the folklore of the region, we look at what life was like in the 17 and 18oos here in Wexford. Hear the stories, know the people. The huge contrast between the landed gentry and the farming Irish.

We cross the county visiting Johnstown Castle, Dunbrody Ship and a special VIP tour of Loftus Hall

 

The Story Begins .....

Chapter One – A Day in the Life

Our story begins in Johnstown Castle, at the Irish Agricultural Museum housed in the old farm buildings.

The Grogan family that lived and owned this estate were good and kind people, always trying to better the lives of their tenants. And so it seems very apt that their home now houses a museum that tells of both the triumphs and the struggles of life in rural Ireland for people living on estates

You’ll hear the story of the Irish Potato Famine, the villains that made it worse, the Landlords that tried to help, what happened to those that stayed in Ireland and what happened when afterwards. But you’ll also hear stories from other times, you’ll discover what it was like to live and work on an estate, enter the castle, and use the servants’ tunnel and uncover jobs like the Blacksmith, the Miller and the Carter. 

Before leaving we’ll take a gentle walk among the beautiful ornate gardens of the Castle

Chapter Two – The Big Smoke

Moving on to the Port town of New Ross. Remarkably well preserved shop and pub fronts from the 17 and 1800s still dot the town, as do many of the medieval lanes that once would have housed the hawkers and stalls that bought and sold everything from food stuffs, clothing and even teeth and hair! Just as today, people left their homes and moved to the towns to try an earn a living, New Ross was no different

While here, at the Victorian inspired Cracked Teapot, you’ll enjoy an organic, free range and delicious feast that showcases our local farms and food producers.

Chapter Three – Setting Sail for a New Life

Known as the Coffin Ships, due to the high risk of contracting a disease on board, the ships that carried people to new lives in America, Canada and the UK make even the worst of modern budget air travel look appealing!

On the quay you will receive your steerage ticket, the names on the tickets are real people who sailed away from this very ship,

Now moored permanently on the New Ross Quay, the Dunbrody Ship is a fantastic interactive museum. Before boarding, you will hear stories of what New Ross was like in the past, the busy bustling quayside, the ships and the river pirates! Once on board, you are left in the hands of the Dunbrody Guides acting as your fellow passengers to discover what lay ahead on your journey to the New World!

Chapter Four – Stories help us heal

Loftus Hall was the home of Wexfords most notorious landlords. With me, you will get exclusive access to parts of the house not normally on the house tour. Skipping past the queues we will go deep into the house to hear the legend on your own private tour.

We’ll take a deeper look at the roots of the legend and explore the connections with the horror stories of the house and what was happening in real life to the tenants on the lands surrounding Loftus Hall. You may be surprised to hear who’s ancestor was once a penniless tenant farmer on this estate!

 

How to book

Solo Traveler

Travelling on your own ? Have me as your own private tour guide all to yourself. For only €330.00 All inclusive.

2-3 People

Travel in a group of 2 – 3 people and have me as your own private tour guide. For only €560 All inclusive.

4-8 People

Travel in a group of 4 – 8 people and have me as your own private tour guide. For only €170.00 p.p  All inclusive.

55 million people worldwide can claim Irish Descent!

What's Included

        • A Mini Taste Wexford hamper including artisan chocolate, biscuits and seasonal fruits

        • Complimentary Spring Water

        • Door to Door Service

        • All entry fees with VIP Access and Skip the Queues at selected Attractions

        • A delicious light lunch

        • Tours run from 9am to 6pm but can be adapted to suit your schedule.

        • All Vehicle, fuel and parking costs,

        • All associated taxes and insurance

        • And the day finishes with a generous Irish Whiskey Toast

Testimonial

We went as a group of six with Lorraine for a whole day and that was one of the best days of our whole two-week trip! She was absolutely amazing, so fun! She really knows the history of everywhere we went and you can really tell that she LOVES her homeland by her enthusiasm and passion for what she showed us! Lorraine brought a basket of yummy snacks and she took us through Wexford and also Loftus Hall and although it was freezing and downpour it was still a wonderful time! She even offered to come back for us on our last day to drive us to the airport! Everything was wonderful and couldn’t have asked for a more perfect time!
T White, Canada