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THE NORMAN WAY

The Norman Way is a heritage trail that runs along the south coast of County Wexford. Along this Wexford Trail you will discover authentic medieval sites which will help you to understand the Norman way of life. These hidden gems of the Norman Way are waiting to be explored by you down quiet country lanes, in beautiful seaside villages and alongside stunning beaches.

The Norman Way in Wexford is a true treasure of Ireland’s Ancient East. Lose yourself in this beautiful, ancient landscape as you discover the Norman way of life in the place where it first took hold in Ireland over 800 years ago.

WHO WERE THE NORMANS?

The Normans were descendants of Scandinavian Vikings who settled in Normandy, France. They invaded England in 1066 and a century later they came to Ireland.

WHY DID THE NORMANS COME TO IRELAND?

In 1169, Diarmuid McMurrough, the ousted ruler of a kingdom in Ireland called Leinster, brought Norman knights here to help him wrestle back his throne from his enemies. These Norman forces first set foot on Irish soil at Bannow Bay here in Wexford.

After Diarmuid died, the Norman knight Richard de Clare (known as ‘Strongbow’), inherited the throne of Leinster and the Normans never left!

HOW DID THE NORMANS CHANGE IRELAND?

As generations of Normans made their home here, their Norman way of doing things enhanced everyday life in Ireland. Travel along the Norman Way in Wexford to meet the descendants of those Normans and to discover how the Normans:

– constructed formidable buildings on this landscape;
– improved agriculture and food production here;
– supported a change in the character of the Christianity practiced in the country;
– and enhanced military know-how and navigation in Ireland.

CYCLE THE NORMAN WAY

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience the Norman Way and the beautiful landscape of South Wexford which surrounds it is by cycling from site to site on a bike. You’ll travel across an ancient landscape filled with quiet country villages and lush green roadways as you move from one authentic medieval treasure to the next.

Rosslare Europort is less than a 25 minute cycle from the Norman Way and offers ferry services from the UK and France. This makes the Norman Way ideal for cyclists travelling from the UK and continental Europe.

Many of the sites along the Norman Way have bike racks and benches installed at them.

EXPLORE THE NORMAN WAY

Discover the Norman way of life in the place where it first took hold in Ireland.

DISTANCES:

The route of the Norman Way, taking in each of the finished ten sites from Lady’s Island to Kilmore Quay, is approximately 22km. The distance between Kilmore Quay and St Mary’s Church in New Ross is approximately 43km.

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