Wexford Horse Racing

2019 Racing Fixtures

Bettyville Park, Wexford is strongly supported by locals and visitors alike. All share in the friendly atmosphere that is a day at the races in the sunny South-East at one of the finest tracks in the country. If you have yet to be converted to the thrill of the races, we would encourage you toselect Wexford as your sample choice. For action packed racing and excitement on and off the track, Bettyville is the place to go! The racecourse has been developed in stages and is now one of the finest tracks of its kind in Ireland with the constant support of leading trainers and jockeys both nationally and internationally. The best stables run their horses in the competitive racing programmes during the summer months. On the social side, there are many bars and restaurants, mobile food outlets, a betting shop, on-course bookmakers and Tote facilities. MORE INFO



Wexford Festival of Running

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th April – Johnstown Castle

Wexford Marathon Club are proud to announce they will be hosting the first ever “Wexford Festival of Running” in the stunning grounds of Johnstown Castle, Wexford on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th April 2019.There will be 5 race options including a 24 hour starting at 12 noon on Saturday 13th,12 hour starting at 12am on Sunday 14th, 6 hour at 6am, 3 hour at 9am & 1 hour at 11am on Sunday 15th. Something to suit everyone. Online registration will open later this week. All funds raised will go the ASK campaign supporting mental health. MORE INFO



Wexford Half Marathon

Sunday 28th April – Wexford Town

Wexford has proven itself a must do race for quality, friendliness and atmosphere. Parking is easy and the course has plenty of variety starting in the town and taking you around surrounding countryside. MORE INFO



Hike to the Hook

Saturday 4th May – Tintern Abbey to Hook Lighthouse

Join us on Saturday, 4th May 2019 for our annual Hike to the Hook, a 20km road walk along one of Ireland’s most scenic routes, it will start out from the majestic Tintern Abbey and end at the world-famous Hook Lighthouse. MORE INFO



Dermot & Dave

Friday 24th May – National Opera House, Wexford

Having toured to full houses all over Ireland in 2016 and 2017, the radio duo once again bring their bonkers comedy antics to the National Opera House on Friday 24th May 2019. The lads toured the length and breadth of Ireland with sell-out shows including the Wexford Spiegeltent Festival. Now,they’re ready to hit the road again with a brand new show that brings together stand-up comedy, hilarious characters and a whole load of rocking musical performances. MORE INFO



Wexford Food & Wine Festival

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th May, Wexford Town

A family friendly festival of food and wine in the Viking town of Wexford. There will be events and activities for all ages during this fun-filled weekend. MORE INFO



Strawberry Roots Music Festival

Friday 31st May – Monday 3rd June – Enniscorthy Town

Strawberry Roots is a new three day festival of Roots music in all its forms organised as part of the Strawberry Fayre weekend in Enniscorthy. MORE INFO



Wexford Marathon

Sunday 9th June – Wexford Town

Run Wexford organised Wexford Town’s first marathon back in June 2015. The course started on the boardwalk in the town centre and then looped out of the town and around the scenic hills north of the Wexford, finishing in the historic Faythe area of the town. Runnerswere welcomed over the finish line and presented with their medals before being invited to Whites Hotel to shower, change and have some refreshments. Over 170 runners took part in the race in 2015, many promising to return for future years races. MORE INFO



Wexford Maritime Festival

Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June – Wexford Town

Wexford Maritime and Food Festival celebrates Ireland’s Ancient Easts Maritime Gateway and Food Experience through it three day annual festival on Wexford Quay Front, overlooking the picturesque Wexford Harbour. Telling the stories of Wexford rich maritime heritage and culture and itsartisan food produce, the festival imprints a memorable visitor experience. MORE INFO



Wexford Literary Festival

Thursday 4th – Saturday 6th July – Enniscorthy Town

Wexford Literary Festival is delighted to announce the shortlist for the Colm Tóibín International Short Story Award.This year’s  short story award honour one of the town’s most lauded literary figures. The winner, as selected by authors Donal Ryan, Carmel Harringtonand literary editor Madeleine Keane, will receive €1,000, with €500 and €300 going to second and third prize respectively. MORE INFO



Relay for Life Wexford

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th July –  Pairc Charman, Wexford

Relay for Life is a massive Community event that brings people from all over County Wexford together in the fight against cancer. We celebrate those who are surviving cancer, remember those we’ve lost and we do our best to raise awareness and encourage the community tofight back, while at the same time raising vital funds for the Irish Cancer Society. If you have any questions or concerns about cancer please make sure to contact the Cancer Nurseline on their freephone number 1800 200 700. MORE INFO



Rockin’ Food Festival

Friday 2nd – Monday 5th August – Enniscorthy Town

You can expect a brand-new, impressive schedule of chefs, producers and special guests in the FREE Food Marquee, an impressive Artisan Food Market with over 80 of the best local and artisan vendors, a superlative International Line-up of Rock ‘n’ Roll artists for our FREE outdoor gigs, ajam-packed program of food and drink workshops, events and classes as well as lots of FREE and exceptional value packages for our younger festival goers! MORE INFO



Live at The Castle Marquee

Saturday 10th August – St. Martins GAA Grounds

The Stunning & Corner Boy play this year’s Live at The Castle Marquee in St. Martins GAA grounds, Piercestown, Co. Wexford.  Tickets available online from Lantern Events or from the box office at No1, North Main Street, Wexford. Watch St Martin’s GAA Facebook page for updates. MORE INFO



Daniel O’Donnell

Sunday 11th & Monday 12th August – National Opera House, Wexford

Daniel’s remarkable career has moved on to a new level with his success as a TV presenter, just another facet to his ever expanding list of entertainment achievements. He is the only artiste in the world to score a hit in the UK album charts every year since 1988!  An unprecedented and unbroken30 year span and in doing so he has outshone everyone from Michael Jackson and Madonna to U2 and the Rolling Stones. There is no doubt but that Daniel intends to continue touring around the globe with his unique, life affirming shows of music, song and laughter. MORE INFO



Blackstairs Blues Festival

Friday 13th – Sunday 15th September – Enniscorthy Town

One weekend every September, the medieval town of Enniscorthy transforms into one of Ireland’s longest-running, most popular and acclaimed blues festivals!  The word is out … get your party hat on! MORE INFO




National Ploughing Championships

Tuesday 17th – Thursday 19th September – Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co. Carlow

The National Ploughing Championships takes place each year in the month of September. The 2019 Championships will be held at Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow from September 17th to 19th.

The first inter- county ploughing contest took place in 1931 as a result of an argument between two lifelong friends, Denis Allen of Gorey, County Wexford and JJ Bergin of Athy, County Kildare. Each argued that their respective counties had the best ploughmen. This resulted in a challenge being called for. Therefore on Monday 16th of February 1931, the first National Ploughing contest took place in Mr W.K. Hosie’s field at Coursetown in Athy. Since then, the National Ploughing Championships has grown in size, year on year.It has expanded from requiring a small field of 26 acres to needing over 700 acres of land today.

Write by the Sea Festival

Friday 27th – Sunday 29th September – Kilmore Quay

Interviews with well-known authors, working with an Agent, Getting Your Book Published, Experiential Workshops, Readings, Talks, Writing for Theatre, Crime Writing, Song Lyric Writing, Story Telling, Poetry, delicious lunches, refreshments and convivial conversation. MORE INFO



Spiegeltent Festival

Friday 11th – Monday 28th October – Wexford Town

From its inaugural year in 2012, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival has grown to be one of the biggest and most successful multi-genre festivals in Ireland.  Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Paradiso Spiegeltent, the Festival has a unique and enticing atmosphere, blending theOlde Worlde feel of the Spiegeltents with the best in popular entertainment. MORE INFO



Wexford Festival Opera

Thursday 22nd October – Sunday 3rd November – National Opera House, Wexford

The 2019 Festival will include 12 main evening opera performances as well as an exclusive concert performance on the Bank Holiday Monday, 28 October, of The Veiled Prophet by the Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford, presented in association with Heritage Music Productions, headedby international pianist and Irish music specialist, Una Hunt.  This eagerly anticipated project, supported by grant funding from the Arts Council, will be conducted by David Brophy and include several distinguished Irish singers. MORE INFO



Mary Black

Saturday 23rd November – National Opera House, Wexford

Mary and her all-star band playing favourite songs from her immense catalogue spanning over 30 years – songs we know by heart, from ‘No Frontiers’ to Song for Ireland’, ‘Past the Point of Rescue, Carolina Rua, Katie, A Woman’s Heart and many more. Mary Black, one of Ireland’s favourite artists, isregarded as one of the most important Irish vocalists of her generation, with multi-platinum selling albums and a string of achievement awards to her name. Mary’s enduring success has proven that her depth of talent and love of singing transcend the generations. MORE INFO



Nathan Carter

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th December – National Opera House, Wexford

Country music’s brightest star, Nathan Carter, returns December 2019 to the National Opera House. With six recorded albums, Nathan and his band will light up the stage with all the classic hits and songs that have made him a firm favourite with Irish audiences. Nathan’s 6th andcurrent album “Born for the road” has again reached the coveted Number 1 position in the Irish Charts. And the wheels keep on turning for the talented singer having just signed a Worldwide Record Deal with Decca Records; he continues to sell out venues across Ireland, Britain and now his music is reaching Germany, Canada and USA. Now on sale! MORE INFO