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Thomas Moore at Bannow House

Saturday 26th of August 2023
A Celebration in Words & Music on the 188th anniversary of his triumphal visit
Thomas Moore at Bannow House

Welcome to The Bannow Historical Society Website

Bannow Parish has a unique cultural heritage. We are very proud of that. This society wishes to honour that heritage.

Our community has always been an evolving one and its history has been continuously unfolding.

This website is an important asset in our commitment to recording and preserving all aspects of our history. We see it as being a platform through we can communicate with our members and, very importantly, with the wider community. We would hope that visitors to the site will find it entertaining and informative. Tom’s Blog is a fascinating insight into the evolving social economic and historical environment of the past 150 years.

The News and Events section will keep visitors abreast of all up-coming talks tours lectures and events (sadly a blank page just now) plus a record of all previous happenings. The Gallery section is a treasure trove of old images from various sources plus a photographic record of BHS social events. There is also a link to the wonderful Dúchas site and the Folklore Schools Collection.

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Thomas Moore at Bannow House 26th August 2023

Bannow Maritime Heritage Weekend

Thomas Moore visited Bannow  on August 26th 1835 at the request of his good friend, Thomas Boyse of Bannow House. Moore, a  poet, lyricist and writer with strong political views, had a reputation and standing of international significance. His visit to Bannow, at a time when he was openly critical of Daniel O’Connell, was an event of significance and importance. His reception by the people of Bannow was exhuberant and lavish.

Bannow Historical Society are proud to be associated with this unique event, the brainchild of Ian Magahy and staged with the kind and generous support of the owners of Bannow House.

Please see the press release below for further background information on the event itself and of the personalities involved in the performance.

Tickets are available through Wexford Arts Centre and cost €35.00 each /€20.00 for children plus €1.50 service charge.

If you would like further information please feel free to call:

Anne Farrell at 086 8469131

Press release – Thomas Moore at Bannow House

Heritage Week – Walking Tour of Carrig-on-Bannow

Saturday, 19 August 2023 at 2pm

On Saturday, 19 August, local history expert, Anne Farrell, will lead a walking tour of Carrig-on-Bannow explaining some of the notable features of this unique village. The meeting place will be the cross-roads in Carrig-on-Bannow starting at 2pm. There is no charge for this event, all are welcome and no booking is required.


Bannow Historical Society

We are very keen to attract new members to The Bannow Historical Society. We are a vibrant community. We are active on quite a number of fronts with a number of lectures, talks and walks every year. Our annual historical tour is always booked out. We work hard to preserve our physical heritage – Bannow Church, nearing completion, is an ongoing project, and we have a number of others in the pipeline. The Bannow 1169 Commemoration was a huge success. The  BHS Journal is highly respected…our fourth is due out shortly.

Most importantly we are a social group, interactive and involved.

We look forward to having you on board!

Denis Kenny.

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Attack On The Bay

Animation by 5th and 6th class Danescastle National School.

The project was facilitated by David Begley and assisted by Hanneke van Ryswyk. It was funded by Creative Ireland in association with The Arts Department, Wexford County Council. With thanks to Ms Kennedy, Principal, Ms Foley, 5th class teacher and Mr Wickham 6th class teacher.