New Ross & District “Best in Tourism” Award 2018

Wexford Local Development is delighted to sponsor the “Best in Tourism” award in the 2018 New Ross & District, Business & Community Awards. Now in their eleventh year, these awards provide businesses and community groups in the town and district an opportunity to share their inspiring stories and showcase achievements. Entry is free and open […]

LEADER Food Initiative’ provides up to €200,000 grant aid opportunity for Wexford artisan and small food businesses

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, recently launched the ‘LEADER Food Initiative’ – a €15 million national fund for artisan/small food and beverage businesses. The Initiative will provide financial supports to new and existing businesses for the renovation and […]

Wexford Traveller Women Make Mini Marathon an Annual Affair

Traveller women from across Co. Wexford will travel to Dublin, for the second year running, to take part in the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin on Sunday 3rd June 2018. On Thursday, June 7th, Wexford Local Development are hosting a celebratory homecoming for the participants at Enniscorthy Sports Hub. As part of Traveller Pride […]

Deadline approaches for Social Enterprise Award entries

The Wexford Business Awards, now in their tenth year, are county wide awards recognising the entrepreneurialism, innovation, diversity and talent of businesses across all sectors. The awards honour Wexford’s industry leaders through the acknowledgement of innovative business processes, product development, enterprise, sustainability and overall business success. Wexford Local Development is proud to sponsor the category of Wexford Social […]

WLD now inviting applications for LEADER business grants of up to €200,000

Wexford Local Development have announced that €1.5m in LEADER grant aid is available for niche start-up and expanding businesses across a range of sectors to include tourism, food, creative industries and general enterprise. Grant aid of up to 50% for capital and marketing costs is on offer to both micro and small businesses – those […]

Closing date for “Wexford Trails” Development Role: Friday 16th February 2018

Wexford Local Development is inviting applications for the following new contract role: Wexford Trails Development Officer (Part-Time) Applications from suitable individuals or organisations should include: Details of qualifications, experience and relevant track record in Tourism, Project Management and Marketing An outline of your understanding of the scope and key objectives of the project A detailed […]

Welcome to Wexford “Volunteering Information Services” Website

Wexford Volunteering Information Services website is a new online service provided by Wexford Local Development. It is designed for individuals who wish to search or partake in volunteer opportunities in Co. Wexford and also for not for profit organisations that are seeking to involve volunteers in Wexford. You can search and apply for opportunities online. For […]

Traveller Mental Health Conference

Wexford Local Development’s Traveller Community Health Programme, in partnership with the Health Service Executive, are organising a Mental Health Conference for Wexford Travellers on Wednesday next, January, 31st, 2018 in the Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford. This is an evening event, from 7pm to 10pm, with inputs from both statutory and community mental health service providers in […]

€1.5m LEADER Grant Aid now available for niche Wexford Businesses

During 2017, LEADER grant aid of almost €1.6m was allocated to innovative enterprise and community projects throughout County Wexford. During 2018, a further €1.5m is available for niche start-up and expanding businesses across a range of sectors to include tourism, food, creative industries and general enterprise.  Grant aid of up to 50% of eligible costs is now […]

Vacancy for Wexford Trails Development Officer (Part-Time)

  Wexford Local Development is inviting applications for the following new contract role: Wexford Trails Development Officer (Part-Time)   Applications from suitable individuals or organisations should include: Details of qualifications, experience and relevant track record in Tourism, Project Management and Marketing An outline of your understanding of the scope and key objectives of the project […]

€1.5m LEADER Grant Aid available to Wexford Businesses in 2018

During 2017, LEADER grant aid of almost €1.6m was allocated to innovative enterprise and community projects throughout County Wexford. During 2018, a further €1.5m is available for niche start-up and expanding businesses across a range of sectors to include tourism, food, creative industries and general enterprise.  Grant aid of up to 50% of eligible costs […]

€400k of LEADER Grants to Wexford Food Businesses

Almost €400,000 in LEADER grant aid has recently been approved for eleven niche food and beverage businesses located in County Wexford.  This is the first allocation of money from the current EU & Exchequer funded LEADER Programme in the county. According to Councillor Kathleen Codd-Nolan, chairperson of Wexford Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), the grant […]

WLD Goes The Extra Mile

Wexford Local Development has a long and strong history of working with young people, who are not engaged in education, employment or training. We were delighted that our work in this area was showcased at both national and EU level, as part of a report launched by Pobal, the Department of Rural and Community Development and the […]

Social Farming in Wexford – Open Day – Friday 29th September

The concept and value of Social Farming will be outlined at an open day on the farm of Shelly Berry and Denis O Connor of Ballinamona, Kilmuckridge, Gorey, Co Wexford on Friday 29th September 2017 from 10am to 1pm. Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on farms as a form of a social […]

Social Farming proves its worth

Social Farming is the practice of offering activity on farms as a form of a social support service, providing social, educational, therapeutic and rehabilitative opportunities for a wide range of people  who  need  support  to  contribute  to  the  positive  social  fabric  required  for  society  to  be  truly  inclusive.  Participants include people with intellectual, physical, mental […]

Traveller Women Complete Mini Marathon

The June Bank Holiday, 5th June 2017, saw 33 women from Wexford Local Development’s Traveller Community Health Programmes complete the Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin. The event was supported by the HSE Traveller Health Unit who provided funding for specific Cardiovascular Health initiatives with additional funding from WLD’s Social Inclusion & Community Activation Programme (SICAP). […]

Making A Difference Together

  Wexford Local Development was delighted to be joined by community representatives from throughout Co. Wexford for their annual Community Conference in the Riverbank House Hotel, Wexford on Saturday last, April 8th.   The theme of the event, “Who’s Listening?”, focused on how to increase participation at all levels in communities around the county and workshops […]

€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 […]

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

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

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

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 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 […]

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 […]

€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 […]

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 […]