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 […]

€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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Still searching for that job…..but with no luck?

Try our CV & Interview Skills workshop  in Wexford this October. It’s a short, relaxed workshop that will help you to do up a CV and show you what to do at a job interview…..and what NOT to do! It may also help you to decide where to look for work. More importantly, it will […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Social Enterprise Policy Consultation

Wexford Local Development welcomes the Online Consultation to seek views that will inform Ireland’s first major policy on Social Enterprise. The consultation is being undertaken by the Department of Rural and Community Development, in co-operation with the Social Finance Foundation.  The aim of the consultation is to get social enterprises and those with an interest […]

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 […]

€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 […]

LEADER Vacancy

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 […]

€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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Exploring Tourism Opportunities in County Wexford – LEADER Forum

Wexford Local Development is hosting a LEADER Tourism Forum on Wednesday, 6th February 2019 in Wells House and Gardens from 2.30pm – 4.30pm. The main aim of the event is to discuss how the grant aid available under the LEADER Programme 2014 – 2020 can support new and existing tourism businesses and initiatives throughout County Wexford.  Other […]

Book Your Place At Our Annual Community Conference

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

13 Wexford Communities Share €266,000 LEADER Funding

€266,000.00 funding has been awarded to Wexford communities by the Local Community Development Committee under the LEADER Programme 2014-2020.  Approved projects support the development of local arts and culture activities and facilities for young people.     Award recipients include the Enniscorthy Street Rhythms Dance Festival who will use the funding to purchase a new custom […]

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) […]

Energising Communities – Information Event

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 […]

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 […]

€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 […]

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 […]

Wexford Walking Trails Festival details announced

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 […]

Up to €200,000 grant aid available to Wexford artisan & small food businesses through LEADER

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, launched the ‘LEADER Food Initiative’ – a €15 million national fund for artisan/small food and beverage businesses in mid 2018. The Fund provides financial supports to new and existing businesses for the renovation […]

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 […]

Wild About Food @ Golden Shears Good Food Ireland village

Back in 2004, Malcolm & Fiona Falconer sat with their three small children at the kitchen table of their terraced home in South London and decided to change their lives forever.  Sticking a pin in a map of Ireland, they jumped ship and bought a small holding of four acres in Monamolin, Co Wexford.  They […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Positive vibes at LEADER Tourism Forum in Wells House

In excess of one hundred people turned out at Wells House near Gorey on Wednesday 6th February for a LEADER Tourism Forum hosted by Wexford Local Development (WLD) entitled “Exploring Tourism Opportunities in Wexford”. The forum covered a range of relevant topics and heard from industry experts as well as those directly involved in tourism […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wexford Lavender Farm – the county’s newest tourism attraction

Wexford Lavender Farm, the county’s newest tourist attraction was officially opened recently by RTE Broadcaster, Joe Duffy.  Located in lovely rolling countryside near Inch in North Wexford, the unique facility set on a working farm is the brainchild of owners Moira & Cary Hart is set to become one of the top tourist attractions in […]

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 […]

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 […]