Energising Communities – Information Event

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A Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) is a community in which everyone works together to develop a sustainable energy system for the benefit of the community.   WLD are hosting the first information session for interested communities here in Co. Wexford. This event will take place in the Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy on the 31st of May at […]

Book Your Place At Our Annual Community Conference

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We look forward to welcoming community activists and volunteers from throughout Co. Wexford who will attend Wexford Local Development’s Community Conference on Saturday next, the 8th of April. The event will take place in the Riverbank House Hotel in Wexford town and speakers include Catherine Byrne TD, Minister of State for Communities and the National Drugs […]

LEADER Vacancy

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Wexford Local Development is currently recruiting for the following:   Project Officer (LEADER Programme) The successful candidate will be part of a team responsible for implementing the LEADER  Programme 2014-2020 in Co. Wexford. The Project Officer will support businesses and communities to access funding under the Programme.   Applicants for the position should have; A […]

LEADER Expressions of Interest Sought for Community Activities

Wexford Local Development (WLD) has announced that €300,000 of LEADER Programme grant aid is to be made available for community activities throughout the county during the coming months. This funding will be targeted at three separate categories – the development of walking trails, community arts and culture projects and youth facilities; each of which will […]

€500,000 LEADER grant aid for Wexford Tourism in 2017

Wexford Local Development (WLD) has announced that €500,000 of LEADER Programme grant aid is to be made available to niche tourism projects throughout the county during the coming months. This funding will be targeted at existing businesses as well as new business start-ups and offers a great opportunity for projects that display innovation, job creation […]

Social Farming Development Role for the South East

Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on farms as a form of a social support service. It provides  a  pathway  for  people  who  need  support  to  contribute  to  the  positive  social  fabric  required  for  society  to  be  truly  inclusive.  Social (or care farming) is widely practiced by farmers in other parts of Europe […]

LEADER Expression of Interest request for Artisan Food & Community Centre Developments/Upgrades

Wexford Local Development (WLD) is now seeking applications for LEADER grant supports from community groups and private enterprises in the following categories: Artisan Food & Drinks Total Budget: €500,000 (Max.€200k/project) Community Centre Development / Upgrades Total Budget: €500,000 (Max.€200k/project) Applicants must complete a two stage application process: Stage1: Complete an “expression of interest” form to […]

“A Better Life in Rural Areas” – The Cork 2.0 EU Declaration on Rural Development

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The need to update the European Union’s vision for rural areas was to the fore at the recent European Conference on Rural Development hosted in Cork by EU Agriculture & Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan. Tom Bermingham from Wexford Local Development’s LEADER programme was among three hundred rural development stakeholders from throughout Europe who participated […]

€8M LEADER PROGRAMME TO BENEFIT CO WEXFORD

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Joint Press Release on behalf of Wexford Local Development and Wexford Local Community Development Committee – 23 September 2016. At a series of meetings throughout the county during the past two weeks attended by in excess of 400 people, Brian Kehoe, CEO of Wexford Local Development outlined that LEADER grant aid of almost €8million would […]

LEADER 2014-2020 Information Meetings Announced

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LEADER grant aid of almost €8million will be invested in innovative community and enterprise projects throughout the county between now and 2020. The LEADER Programme is 63% funded by the EU & 37% by the Irish Exchequer and focuses on “promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas”. Wexford Local Community Development […]

Wexford Walking Trails Festival details announced

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Details have just been announced for the 3rd annual Wexford Walking Trails Festival to be held on the weekend of Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September 2016.   The details are as follows: Friday 23rd September 5.30pm ‘1916 Songs and Stories Ramble in Enniscorthy’ Led by Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune, the ramble will be […]

Funding Agreements issue for €250m LEADER 2020 programme – Minister Humphreys

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, is today (Tuesday 21st June 2016) issuing the first Funding Agreements for the delivery of the LEADER 2020 programme in 18 counties, including Wexford. LEADER 2020 is a key component of Ireland’s Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. It will provide funding of €250 million to […]

Rebuilding the Helen Blake

On Friday, February 20th 1914, a Norwegian boat called the Mexico was shipwrecked in a storm on the Keeragh Islands, close to Bannow. Despite the gale force storms, a lifeboat called the Helen Blake from the Fethard on Sea RNLI Lifeboat station set out with 14 crew members to rescue the crew of the Mexico. As […]

Wexford Town Tourism Ambassadors Required

Would you like to be a Wexford Ambassador during the Summer season in Wexford Town? Do you want to be a part of this exciting tourism initiative in Wexford Town? Wexford will be alive with festive atmosphere during the Summer weekends and we want you to help us give visitors a warm welcome. Welcome Ambassadors […]

Hub for Artistic Activities opens in Gorey

The official opening of the WLD funded new Gorey School of Art (GSA) building took place on Friday June 3rd. The cutting of the ribbon performed by local Artist Conor McDonald coincided with the highly impressive End of Year Exhibition by present students. The new centre of creative excellence developed by Gorey Educational Trust Ltd […]

Morriscastle Strand Ltd & Kia Ora Mini Farm Micro-Enterprise Award Winners 2016

Wexford Local Development (WLD) is proud to have played a part in the business development of each of the nominees in the WLD sponsored Micro-Enterprise Category of the Wexford Business Awards 2016. Those shortlisted in recognition of their achievements in the Micro Enterprise Sector in County Wexford included Mr Jeffares Blackcurrants, Shane Tubrid Furniture by […]

“Wexford well positioned to build sustainable jobs” – Duncan Stewart

Architect, environmentalist and TV presenter, Duncan Stewart, visited Wexford recently to speak on ‘Creating New Local Sustainable Enterprises’. The talk at Wexford Library, presented in association with Future-Proof Wexford, attracted a large and, as Duncan himself acknowledged, very savy audience. In the course of a wide-ranging talk, he said that Wexford is well placed to […]

A Review of LEADER in Wexford 2009-2015

  Wexford Local Development is very proud of the significant achievements of the 2009-2015 LEADER Programme in Co. Wexford. We supported 396 individual projects and paid out over €9.2 million in grant aid over a 5 year period. This grant aid was distributed to community groups and small businesses in all parts of Co. Wexford […]

Successful Seminar on Community Financing

  Over 100 representatives of community, voluntary, non profit and sporting organisations attended a seminar held by Wexford Local Development (WLD) last night (Thursday 28th April) in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy. The large attendance included community representatives from all parts of Co. Wexford, ranging from recently established groups to those who have been successfully […]

Financing Your Community

  Wexford Local Development is hosting a seminar on Thursday 28th April on the topic of Financing Your Community Organisation. The seminar will be held in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy.   This seminar will be of interest to all community organisations including local development groups, sports clubs and social enterprises. The seminar will examine […]

Social Enterprise in Wexford

Wexford Local Development (WLD) recently hosted a forum to explore the development of social enterprise throughout the county. The forum included interactive workshops together with presentations from successful local and national social enterprises. The forum heard that social enterprises are essentially business models set up to tackle social, economic or environmental issues, driven by these […]

The Forge on RTE Nationwide

Make sure to tune into Nationwide on RTE1 at 7pm tonight (Friday 4th March) to see a special feature on one of Wexford’s leading crafts businesses – The Forge Craft Centre in Baldwinstown. The Forge is owned and operated by a well known Wexford craftsperson Padraic Parle. Padraic is the 5th generation of his family […]

Wexford Food Summit 2016

The third annual Wexford Food Summit took place today in the Riverbank House Hotel in Wexford town. Organised by the Wexford Food Family, this annual event is an opportunity to promote Wexford’s blossoming artisan food and drinks industry as well as a networking opportunity for local food and drinks producers. The event is extremely successful […]

Local Community wins title of “Best Public Park in Ireland”

  Congratulations to Templeudigan Parish Council whose Templeudigan Park project won the title of Best Public Park in Ireland at the LAMA National Community & Council Awards 2016 which were held in Dublin last weekend.   The Council & Community Awards are a prestigious national event which are organised annually by LAMA, the Local Authority […]

Huge Employment Growth at Wexford E-Commerce Company Scurri

Scurri is an award-winning, cloud-based eCommerce delivery platform that easily integrates parcel carriers with online sellers’ technical set-up in order to maximise operational efficiency and delivery choice. The powerful universal solution optimises the customer delivery experience – allowing merchants to effectively deliver on brand promises and drive customer loyalty. Integrating seamlessly into existing order process […]

Another Award for Wells House & Gardens

Shortly after being voted Ireland’s Best Family Day Out by Today FM listeners, Wells House & Gardens has received another national award. Sabine Rosler of Wells House and Gardens has won first prize in the Agri Business Innovation Award at the FBD Women and Agriculture Awards sponsored by FBD, Teagasc & the Farmers Journal. These […]

Written Submissions Sought For LEADER Programme

Many thanks to all those who are attended the recent public consultation meetings for the next LEADER programme.  These meetings were extremely well attended and saw a wide discussion on what members of the public would like to see as investment priorities for the LEADER programme. Many exciting ideas were discussed at these meetings which […]

Wexford Walking Trails Festival This Weekend

The 2015 Wexford Walking Trails Festival will take place this weekend, from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September. The Wexford Walking Trails Committee have worked for months to put together an exciting programme of activities for walking enthusiasts who are expected to visit Co. Wexford from all parts of Ireland and abroad. Full details of […]

Public Consultations – Have your say on the next LEADER Programme

Rural Development (LEADER) Programme 2014-2020 Public Consultation   Wexford Local Community Development Committee are working in partnership with Wexford Local Development and Wexford County Council to deliver the next LEADER Programme, which will be worth over €9.8 million to Co. Wexford between now and 2020, under the 3 LEADER themes of Job Creation; Rural Environment […]

RDP/LEADER Programme 2014-2020 Public Consultation Online Survey

The LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 for Ireland has recently been approved by the EU Commission.  From an overall national budget of €250m, County Wexford has been allocated €9.84m.  In order to secure this considerable level of funding for the county, Wexford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) with Wexford Local Development (WLD) […]

€9.8m allocated to Wexford for the next LEADER Programme

Wexford Local Development are delighted with the news that the county has received a substantial allocation of €9.8m in LEADER funding for the period to 2020. This funding was announced on 10th March by Alan Kelly T.D.,Minister of the Environment, Community & Local Government and Ann Phelan, T.D.,Minister of State for Rural Affairs and is […]

Best Museum Award For Irish Agricultural Museum

Wexford Local Development are delighted that a group we have supported for many years, the Irish Agricultural Museum, were recently awarded the prestigious title of ‘Best Museum 2014’ at an awards ceremony in Dublin organised by the Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland. The Irish Agricultural Museum is located on the beautiful grounds of Johnstown Castle, one […]

Restored Institute Building re-opens in Enniscorthy

The 150 year old large red bricked structure known as the Church Institute situated on the corner of Castle Street and Church Street in Enniscorthy has been beautifully restored and is now opened as a community facility available to the wider community including children, youth groups, adults, people with disabilities and special interest groups. In […]

Wexford company at the helm of the food summit

Wexford based company, Good Food Ireland founded and managed by Margaret Jeffares was the driving force behind the biggest ever showcase of Irish artisan food producers and chefs at the 3-Day Web Summit in Dublin last week. The brainchild of Wicklow man,Paddy Cosgrave, the Web Summit brought in excess of 20,000 people to Dublin for […]

Wexford Walking Festival

The Wexford Walking Trails Group was established by participants on a WLD training programme for local communities on the development and management of walking trails. Wexford has some of the most beautiful walking trails in the country, from our coastal paths and stretching inlands as far as the Blackstairs Mountains. The Wexford Walking Trails Group are […]

WLD support new Poulregan Equestrian Centre in Castlebridge

Wexford Local Development (WLD) are proud to support the newly developed “Poulregan Equestrian” near Castlebridge just outside Wexford town. Owner Micheal O Rourke has developed a 10km trekking route on his farm, incorporating the river bank and an old disused quarry. It is a beautiful scenic route overlooking Wexford harbour with extensive local flora and […]

Official Opening of Templeudigan Park

The official opening of Templeudigan Park will take place at 12:15 on Sunday 21st September. Templeudigan Park includes a children’s playground, adult exercise area, a small walking track and a picnic area. It was designed by local architectural firm Joe Fallon Design and developed by Templeudigan Parish Council. Construction work started in November 2013 and continued […]

WLD Supporting Wexford Craft Workers & Artists – Simone Walsh

Simone Walsh is a graduate of the College of Art & Design in Dublin. She is a visual artist who has developed her own unique style which captures the vibrancy and transparency of colour. Simone first came to national prominence in 1995 when two of her art campaigns, “Green Island” and “Naturally Guinness” were used in […]

LEADER funding key to expansion of The Rug Hub equine laundry business in Camolin, Co Wexford

Wexford Local Development (WLD) through the LEADER programme 2007-2013 have played a key role in the development of The Rug Hub – a niche rural business operating in North Wexford. Owned and managed by Beryl Power, the Rug Hub was established in the autumn of 2007 and is currently operating from converted stables on her […]

School days in the village launched in The Ballagh

Sunday, 14th June 2014 was a memorable day in the life of the community of The Ballagh, a rural parish enveloped in a rich history and heritage. located in the heart of Co Wexford. This time last year, the local school Parents Association decided that it would be good for the community to record and preserve […]

WLD LEADER Grant delivers 14 new jobs in Enniscorthy Meat Company

Kavanagh Meats Ltd based on the Old Dublin Road in Enniscorthy originated in the 1970’s when James Kavanagh offered a service for local farmers to slaughter cattle and sheep for their own consumption. In the early 1990’s, James’ two sons, Garret & Bill joined the business and since then it has evolved primarily as a […]

LEADER In Wexford Newsletter

Wexford Local Development (WLD) and our predecessor organisation the Wexford Organisation for Rural Development (WORD) have successfully supported Wexford communities and small businesses under the LEADER programme since 1991. We have built a track record of working with local community leaders and businesses to assess their needs and to provide supports to help them prosper. […]

The Woodturning Studio – Wexford Craft Trail

The Woodturning Studio, Gorey, Co Wexford Having always had a passion for woodturning, Robert O Connor concentrated on kitchen and cabinet making for more than twenty years. The downturn in the economy in recent years, with the resultant fall in demand for kitchen units was instrumental in Robert’s decision to explore alternative income streams.  His […]