Festival of Ferns June 5th 2023 – everyone welcome!


Festival of Ferns June 4th -5th 2023 - everyone welcome!

Festival of Ferns on June 4th and 5th

This event is set to be a real community celebration, marking the culmination of the Ancient Connection project as it draws to an end this summer.

Ancient Connection’s inspiration was the friendship between St Aidan and St David. The Festival of Ferns takes this theme and the many shared myths and legends and brings it to spectacular life with a parade of giant puppets, music, medieval enactments, local talent and more.

There will be a concert in St. Edan’s Cathedral from 7.30pm, featuring The Allabair Trio and Ferns’s very own Chord On Blues choir. Book tickets here

Expect to see a 12 foot St David puppet visiting from Pembrokeshire; a sea monster representing the crossing by St. Aidan to Wales and a giant beehive and a swarm of bees representing  St. Aidan departing Wales with David’s blessings and the founding of the monastery in Ferns by St. Aidan.  Expect all this and more in the Festival of Ferns Parade at 12 noon and weaving its way to the castle for a celebratory event.

The Horsemen of Éire will accompany the parade on horseback and dressed in
medieval costumes, setting the tone for the festivities to follow in the castle. Leading the parade will be Bloco Garman, a local Celtic drumming band. 

Want to get involved? Join in the workshops with artist Caoimhe Dunn. 

Find out more about this and what else is happening for the Festival of Ferns on Facebook 

or at Ferns Village Website

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Mini Creative Caminos in Pembrokeshire


Mini Creative Caminos in Pembrokeshire

Saturday 20th May and 10th June

Two bite sized artistic dives into the essence of pilgrimage along the Wexford-Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way with Ailsa Richardson and Suzi MacGregor


Saturday 20th May
(based at St Nicholas Village Hall)

landing your (wild)feet with Ailsa

paying attention is a form of reciprocity with the living world, receiving the gifts with open eyes and an open heart
(Robin Wall Kimmerer)

Ailsa will offer simple practices from her wildfeet toolkit to enhance presence, mindfulness and imagination. These practices draw attention to the many voices and multitudes of wisdom available to us in the environment/living world, and can be ‘taken home’ to enhance your own experience of walking and pilgrimage. This often means putting some of our habitual ways of responding aside to allow our kinship with nature and each other to arise more fully. We will playfully and seriously explore walking and writing, including different ways of paying attention, and including Ailsa’s particular approach to ‘walking with a question’.

Contact Ailsa


Saturday 10th June
(based at Llanrhian Village Hall)

Vocal Discovery and Song with Suzi

“Your voice is the soul, the self personified. We can manipulate it at will: soft whispers, seductive croaks, piercing, loud, demanding, loving, sweet, singing. But…the voice can become like a false smile: stuck and uncomfortable. So slowly, surely, stretch and challenge and explore your voice – it has the potential to encompass every expression.”

Using her vocal training, musicality and improvisation experience, Suzi invites you to begin an intimate enquiry into ‘voice’ – in response to our land and the essence of pilgrimage/camino. Camino translates as “the path” or “the way”, and Suzi has often found that the voice, and singing particularly, has been a path or a way to discover and deepen a relationship with yourself, with others, and your surroundings. This is a fun and inclusive workshop, for ALL voices. You can expect embodied vocal exercises, imaginative explorations of vocal texture and tone, sharing circles, some fun improvisation games, and singing heart-warming harmonies together in the wild! 

Contact Suzi

Cost – payment is on a sliding scale for each day £45-£90
or both workshops £80-£170, and please still contact us if the cost is unaffordable for you.

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Ffair Pererinion / Pilgrim Fayre at Bishop’s Palace St Davids


Ffair Pererinion / Pilgrim Fayre at The Bishops Palace, St Davids

Monday 29th May – Pilgrim Fayre The Bishop’s Palace, St Davids 

FREE and a warm welcome to all!
The Pilgrim Fayre promises to be a special occasion on 29 May in the Bishop’s Palace, St Davids from 11am-6pm with a programme of performance, song, guided walks, a medieval marketplace, traditional skills demos and film screenings. It marks the achievements of the Ancient Connections project in Wales and the launch of Wexford Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way, with a celebration of communities past and present and the historic and future links between North Wexford and North Pembrokeshire.
The Pilgrim Fayre day begins with St Davids Cathedral and Wexford-Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way joining forces to lead a guided walk linking Saint Aidan and Saint David. The group starts with a musical send off by Côr Pawb and the Pererin Wyf / I am a pilgrim project, continuing along a path to the coast path and visiting St Non’s holy well. If you miss the morning walk, there will be chances to join micro pilgrimages around St Davids Cathedral throughout the day. Book your place on a walk
Span Arts’ choir Côr Pawb invites you to Y Canu Mawr / The Big Sing, a short programme of pilgrimage-related song performed in St Davids Cathedral. The event is part of the Pererin Wyf / Is Oilithreach Mé / I am a Pilgrim project and will culminate in a massed A Capella singing of the hymn ‘Pererin Wyf’ by William Williams, Pantycelyn. The concert will be live-streamed by the Cathedral. For more information about how to join in please click here
Small World Theatre is delighted to return with the giant puppet of Saint David and a new 6m-long sea monster in a procession with musicians and pupils from Ysgol Penrhyn. Join the merriment at 2pm in a Pilgrim Parade from the Cross Square into the grounds of St Davids Cathedral. Saint David will visit the giant bee skeps ‘Do the Little Things’ artwork by Bedwyr Williams, on his way to the festivities at the Fayre. Find out more about the skeps here 
A lively medieval marketplace hosts an array of exciting stalls showcasing some of the finest wares the area has to offer. There’ll be stalls selling delicious, award-winning food and drink too, made from locally sourced ingredients. There’ll be mischief makers, meandering minstrels and holy relic sellers and surprise pop-up performances. Details about the medieval marketplace and what’s on offer coming soon.
Experience traditional crafts and skills used to build the Bishop’s Palace and St Davids Cathedral. Join Tywi Centre crafts people in their marque as they share their knowledge of historic buildings and demonstrate decorative plasterwork, carving stone, thatching, traditional window making amongst other things. Find out more here
Enjoy the impact of the Ancient Connections project through a programme of films screened in the vaults of the Palace. The films feature artists’ and community commissions from Wales and Ireland. A list of film screenings and film makers coming soon.
Finally, gather round for open-air concerts with ancient music from Wales and the Celtic nations performed by renowned folk musicians Julie Murphy, Ceri Rhys Matthews and Jess Ward. A perfect musical accompaniment to a magnificent celebration in the impressive, historic setting of the ruined Palace.
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Pererindod Heddiw - llwybrau i gymunedau a mentrau llewyrchus

Mae Cysylltiadau Hynafol yn cydweithio ag Ymddiriedolaeth Pererindod Prydain i gynnal symposiwm pererindod 11/12 Mawrth 2023.

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Bydd y symposiwm rhad ac am ddim hwn yn dathlu pererindod ac yn gofyn tri chwestiwn hollbwysig: ‘Sut mae creu llwybr pererindod llwyddiannus?’, ‘Beth yw’r fantais i ni?’ ac ‘A oes gwahaniaeth rhwng twrist a phererin? Mae’r digwyddiad yn nodi lansiad Llwybr Pererinion newydd Wexford-Sir Benfro a fydd yn cysylltu Ferns yng Ngogledd Wexford â Thyddewi yn Sir Benfro ac mae’n rhan o brosiect Cysylltiadau Hynafol ehangach a ariennir gan yr UE sy’n cysylltu’r ddau ranbarth hyn drwy gelfyddydau, treftadaeth a thwristiaeth.

Mae’r rhaglen yn dechrau ddydd Sadwrn 11 Mawrth gyda’r prif anerchiad gan Satish Kumar, ymddiriedolwr Ymddiriedolaeth Pererindod Prydain. Ymgymerodd Kumar â phererindod heddwch o India i Moscow, Llundain, Paris, ac America yn 1962 ac ers hynny mae wedi cysegru ei fywyd i ymgyrchu dros adfywiad ecolegol, cyfiawnder cymdeithasol a boddhad ysbrydol. Bellach yn ei 80au, mae Kumar yn siaradwr, athro ac awdur ysbrydoledig. Dilynir hyn gan ddiwrnod llawn o weithgareddau, sy’n cyfuno sesiynau wedi’u cadeirio yn ogystal â fforymau trafod cynhwysol. Bydd cynrychiolydd o Croeso Cymru ac Andrew Smith a Ciara Byrne o Fáilte Ireland yn siarad am dwristiaeth ysbrydol yng Nghymru ac Iwerddon. Ymhlith y siaradwyr eraill mae Ruben Heijloo, Cyfarwyddwr Nordic Pilgrim, Y Tra Barchedig Dr Sarah Rowland-Jones, Deon Eglwys Gadeiriol Tyddewi a John G O’Dwyer, Cadeirydd Pilgrim Paths Ireland. Bydd cyfleoedd i archwilio arferion pererindod yn ogystal ag amser i sgwrsio a rhwydweithio gyda mynychwyr eraill. Mae’r ail ddiwrnod, ddydd Sul 12 Mawrth yn opsiwn ychwanegol, lle bydd cyfranogwyr yn cael cyfle i gerdded rhywfaint o’r llwybr pererinion newydd yn Wexford neu gymryd rhan mewn gweithdy canu pererindod a myfyrio ar syniadau sy’n codi o’r diwrnod cynt.

Disgwylir y bydd y symposiwm yn apelio at ac yn denu ystod eang o bobl o wahanol gefndiroedd gan gynnwys busnesau lleol yn y diwydiannau lletygarwch, tywyswyr teithiau a llety, arbenigwyr twristiaeth ysbrydol a llunwyr polisi, academyddion ac ymchwilwyr, cynrychiolwyr llywodraeth leol ac aelodau o’r gymuned.

Mae sbectrwm eang o randdeiliaid a phartneriaid wedi bod yn rhan o lunio rhaglen y digwyddiad, gan gynnwys Ymddiriedolaeth Pererindod Prydain sy’n arwain ar ddatblygu’r llwybr pererinion newydd ynghyd â Pilgrim Paths Ireland, Journeying a Guided Pilgrimage. Mae staff Eglwys Gadeiriol ac Esgobaeth Tyddewi, sy’n dathlu Blwyddyn Bererindod yn 2023, hefyd wedi bod yn rhanddeiliaid allweddol yn y broses. Mae nifer o arbenigwyr unigol hefyd wedi cyfrannu megis Bernadette Flanagan: Athro Cyswllt mewn Ysbrydolrwydd Prifysgol South East Technological (Wexford), Christopher Catling: Prif Weithredwr Comisiwn Brenhinol Henebion Cymru a Chadeirydd Mannau Addoli Cymru. Jaeyeon Choe, Darlithydd mewn Twristiaeth a Digwyddiadau ym Mhrifysgol Glasgow Caledonian.

Mae’r symposiwm yn rhad ac am ddim ac yn cynnwys cinio dydd Sadwrn a swper dewisol ond nid yw’n cynnwys llety na theithio. Bydd archebu ar sail cyntaf i’r felin.

Rhaglen Lawn

Diwrnod 1 – 11 Mawrth 2023


Cofrestru – (Edwards Suite – dull theatr)


Cadw tŷ a rheolau sylfaenol  – Nessie Reid, hwylusydd symposiwm


Nodyn agoriadol / Croeso – (Edwards Suite)

·        Michael Cavanagh (Cyngor Sir Penfro)

·        a’r Cyng. Michael Whelan (Leas-Chathaoirleach Cyngor Swydd Wexford)


Prif Anerchiad (Sgwrs 30 munud / Holi ac Ateb 15 munud  ) – (Edwards Suite)

Enw: Satish Kumar

Teitl: Pwysigrwydd Pererindod


Cwestiwn 1: Sut mae creu llwybr pererinion llwyddiannus? – arfer gorau o Iwerddon a Phrydain – Linden (40), Spencer (40), Seamus Rafter (100)


Pererindod yn Iwerddon – Linden


Llwybrau Pererinion yn Iwerddon – diwygiad yr 21ain ganrifJohn G O’Dwyer, Pilgrim Paths of Ireland


Canfyddiadau o gyfweliadau ag Arweinwyr teithiau pererindod yn Iwerddon – Bernadette Flanagan

Prifysgol South East Technological.


A new path for Celtic spirituality, Sean O Nuallain

University of Ireland


Hwylusydd: Nessie Reid

Cyflwyniad 10 munud ac yna sesiwn holi ac ateb 15 munud


Pererindod a Thwristiaeth – Seamus Rafter

Hyrwyddo Pererindod trwy Brofiadau Bwyd mewn Cymunedau Gwledig  

Daniel Olsen, Prifysgol Brigham Young, UDA

Strategaethau ar gyfer denu ymwelwyr a phererinion i gymunedau ac eglwysi

Anne Bailey, Prifysgol Rhydychen

The Intimate Relationship between Pilgrimage and Tourism, John Eade, Roehampton and Toronto

Hwylusydd: Jaeyeon Choe  

Cyflwyniadau 10 munud ac yna sesiwn holi ac ateb 15 munud


Pererindod yng Nghymru – Spencer

Blwyddyn o Bererindota, Parchg Ganon Sheridan Angharad James, Canon Bugeiliiol y Plwyf a Phererinion, Eglwys Gadeiriol Tyddewi.

Cyd-greu Cymunedol ym mhrosiect Llwybr Sant Thomas.

Yr Athro Catherine Clarke, Prifysgol Llundain (cyfarwyddwr prosiect Llwybr Sant Thomas)

Hwylusydd: Iain Tweedale

Cyflwyniadau 15 munud ac yna sesiwn holi ac ateb 15 munud


Egwyl te/coffi – 30 munud  – (Hilton Suite – dull caffi)


Sesiwn 1 awr wedi’i hwyluso (Model Caffi Byd?) – yn ateb y cwestiwn uchod (Hilton Suite – dull caffi)

Cyflwyniad 5 munud

·        Sialens 1

·       Sialens 2

·       Sialens 3

·       Grwpiau’n treulio 15 munud wrth bob bwrdd


20 munud o adborth wedi’i hwyluso 


Cinio – 55 munud – cinio bys a bawd fydd hwn. Fel bod pobl yn cymysgu – (Hilton Suite – dull caffi 15 bwrdd o 10))



Trafodaeth banel: Beth yw’r fantais i ni? Sut y gall asiantaethau twristiaeth cenedlaethol helpu. 40 munud – (Hilton Suite – dull caffi 15 bwrdd o 10))

Andrew Smith, Swyddog Datblygu Cynnyrch Fáilte Ireland. Ciara Byrne CP&I A Lucy Von Weber, Pennaeth Marchnata Croeso Cymru yn ymuno â ni’n rhithwir.

Cadeirydd: Andrew Campbell Athro Ymarfer mewn Twristiaeth Coleg y Drindod Dewi Sant, Cadeirydd Bwrdd Cynghori Gweinidogol Llywodraeth Cymru ar yr Economi a Chyn-Gadeirydd Cynghrair Twristiaeth Cymru

Cyflwyniad gan Andrew Campbell, 2 gyflwyniad 10 munud gyda thrafodaeth banel 15 munud i ddilyn

Cwestiwn 2: Beth yw’r fantais i ni? Manteision llwybrau pererinion i gymunedau lleol, darparwyr llety a lletygarwch, awdurdodau lleol ac asiantaethau twristiaeth. Sut mae busnesau’n denu pererinion o ran amwynderau, cyfleusterau, awyrgylch, cynnyrch a marchnata. – Linden (40), Spencer (40), Seamus Rafter (100)


Pecyn Cymorth Busnes – Linden

Dawn Champion,

Ymddiriedolaeth Pererindod Prydain

Cynghorion ar sut i addasu eich busnes er mwyn cwrdd ag anghenion pererinion o ran llety a lletygarwch, masnach a chynnyrch.

Hwylusydd: Dawn Champion

Sesiwn dull gweithdy


Pererindod a Chymuned – Spencer

Rolau Gwyliau ar gyfer Hyrwyddo Pererindod yr Alban, Martin Robertson, Prifysgol Edinburgh Napier, yr Alban

Digwyddiadu Treftadaeth Grefyddol yn Iwerddon, Ruth Dowson, Prifysgol Leeds Beckett, Lloegr

Hwylusydd: Kevin Griffin

Cyflwyniadau 15 munud ac yna sesiwn holi ac ateb 15 munud


Modelau ar gyfer Pererindod Dan Arweiniad – Seamus Rafter

Iain Tweedale, Journeying

Ruben Heijloo, Nordic Pilgrim

Phil Brennan, Waterford Camino Tours

Hwylusydd: Nessie Reid

Cyflwyniadau 5 munud, 20 munud o drafodaeth wedi’i hwyluso a sesiwn holi ac ateb 10 munud


Cwestiwn 3: Bod yn Bererin! A oes gwahaniaeth rhwng twrist a phererin? Pa fanteision unigol sydd o fynd ar bererindod a sut a phryd mae profiadau trawsnewidiol yn digwydd ar deithiau? – Linden (40), Spencer (40), Seamus Rafter (100)


Pererindod a Thrawsnewid – Seamus Rafter

Materoldeb, Ystyr ac Arfer: traethawd gweledol o Ffynnon Dewi Sant, Swydd Wexford, Samantha Morris, TU Dublin, Iwerddon

Beth Mae Ysbrydolrwydd Modern yn Ei Geisio yn Iwerddon, Cymru a’u Cysylltiadau ‘Celtaidd’? Jonathan M. Wooding, Cymru

Cymhellion ar gyfer pererindod,Eleanor O’Keefe. National Centre for Social Research

Hwylusydd: Kevin Griffin

Cyflwyniadau 10 munud ac yna sesiwn holi-ac-ateb 10 munud


Pererinion Digidol – Linden

Pererin Wyf / I am a Pilgrim –cyflwyniad am yr artist Rowan O’Neill a phrosiect Span Arts yn cysylltu pererinion yn Wexford, Sir Benfro ac  ar draws y diaspora Celtaidd.

Pererindod a Digidoleiddio

Jaffer Idris, Prifysgol Sheffield Hallam, Lloegr

Defnyddio Arloesedd Digidol ar gyfer Pererindod, Michael Di Giovine, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, UDA

Hwylusydd: Nessie Reid

Cyflwyniadau 10 munud ac yna sesiwn holi-ac-ateb 15 munud


Sut i fod yn bererin – Lobi

Taith gerdded-gweithdy arbrofol dan arweiniad cyfarwyddwr Ymddiriedolaeth Pererindod Prydain, Guy Hayward

Cynnal defod yn y dirwedd, Nick Mayhew-Smith, Prifysgol Roehampton 


Hwylusydd: Guy Hayward

Cerdded i Eglwys Gadeiriol Enniscorthy 45 munud


‘Fishbowl’ – antidôt i drafodaethau panel. – (Edwards Suite – dull ‘fishbowl’)

Bydd hwn yn gyfle i bawb drafod y 3 phrif gwestiwn ac unrhyw rai eraill sy’n codi ar y diwrnod. Bydd Nessie yn arwain y gwaith hwyluso hwn ac yn cael ei bwydo gan gwestiynau a gasglwyd gan y rhai sy’n cymryd nodiadau o bob un o’r sesiynau.

Bwrdd swper wedi’i osod, digon o olau, 3  4neu meicroffôn, gall pobl ddewis cymryd rhan yn y drafodaeth neu eistedd yn ôl a gwrando. Byddwn yn dewis/curadu 8-10 o bobl i eistedd o amgylch y bwrdd i gychwyn y drafodaeth.

Mwy o wybodaeth yma:

Hwylusydd:  Nessie Reid


Amser rhydd


Swper (Hilton Suite)


Dangos Ffilm a Pherfformiad/Cyflwyniad Artistiaid y Camino Creadigol – ( Dangos y ffilm yn yr Hilton/ Edwards Suite) 

Y bardd Grahame Davies: rhannu cerddi o’r gyfres o 6 cân werin a ysgrifennwyd ar gyfer Cysylltiadau Hynafol

Perfformiad gan Artistiaid y Camino Creadigol: Bonnie Boux, Kate Powell, Ailsa Richardson a Suzi MacGregor

Film y Camino Creadigol: Will Philpin o ‘When it Rains’

Hwylusydd: Ruth Jones


Diwrnod 2 – 12 March 2023


10:00 – 12:00

Opsiwn 1 – Gweithdy Canu Pererin Wyf  –

Gweithdy Canu Pererin Wyf  – Mae Pererin Wyf / Is Oilthreach Mé / I am a pilgrim yn brosiect celfyddydau cyfranogol, wedi’i ysbrydoli gan yr emyn o’r 18fed ganrif, sy’n ceisio cysylltu â’r diaspora Cymreig a Gwyddelig. Mae pobl o gwmpas y byd wedi cael gwahoddiad i ganu’r gân Pererin Wyf neu unrhyw gân sydd â’r pŵer i’ch galw’n ôl adref. Ymunwch â’r gantores, y perfformiwr a’r arweinydd côr ysbrydoledig o Sir Benfro, Molara Awen, a fydd yn arwain gweithdy yn dysgu ei threfniant cyfoes o’r emyn yng nghwmni arweinydd y prosiect Rowan O’Neill a’r cyd-hwyluswyr o Wexford Rachel Uí Fhaoláin a John Ó Faoláin. Bydd y cyfranogwyr yn cynnwys ymwelwyr cyfnewid o Gymru, aelodau o gantorion traddodiadol Gogledd Wexford. a chôr Ferns, Chord on Blues. Croeso i bawb. Recordiwch eich cân a’i hychwanegu at y map digidol a/neu ymwelwch â Chymru a chanwch y gân fel rhan o ddigwyddiad olaf Cysylltiadau Hynafol ym Mhalas yr Esgob, Tyddewi ar 29 Mai 2023.



Opsiwn 2 – Cerdded rhan o Lwybr Pererinion Wexford-Sir Benfro – Taith Gerdded Pererinion

Bryn Oulart , Tulach a’tSolais a thŷ adrodd straeon Bygone Days House of Stories.

Taith gerdded hawdd 4km

Byddwn yn mynd ar daith fer 20 munud ar fws o Westy Riverside i ymuno â Llwybr Pererinion Wexford-Sir Benfro ym Mryn Oulart, gan adael am 8.45.

Byddwn yn cyrraedd Pen Llwybr Bryn Oulart ac yn dilyn llwybr y pererinion ar hyd y lôn laswelltog ar ben y bryn tuag at Tulach a’tSolais – bryn y goleunio – sydd â golygfeydd godidog tuag at ogledd Wexford ac i’r de i Fôr Iwerddon. Dyma safle Brwydr Oulart yng Ngwrthryfel 1798 ac mae’r gofeb yn coffáu gwerthoedd yr oes Oleuedig a’r trawsnewidiad wrth i ni gerdded drwy’r siambr sy’n atgoffa rhywun o feddrodau cyntedd Neolithig sy’n cyd-fynd â Chyhydnosau’r Gwanwyn a’r Hydref.

Ar ôl sgwrs fer gan y bobl sydd ynghlwm â chreu’r gofeb byddwn yn cerdded i lawr ochr arall Bryn Oulart trwy goetir a lonydd porthmyn hynafol i Dŷ Adrodd Straeon Bygone Days. Mae’r bwthyn to gwellt hardd hwn gyda’i waliau gwyngalchog yn un o dai adrodd straeon enwog Iwerddon sy’n parhau â’r traddodiad barddol o adrodd barddoniaeth a cherddoriaeth Wyddelig draddodiadol. Bydd tanllwyth o dân ynghyd â the a chacennau i’n croesawu a bydd digon o gyfle i berfformio stori a chân pererinion.

Yna bydd y bws yn mynd â ni yn ôl i Westy Riverside erbyn amser cinio.


Cinio  – bydd angen i bobl dalu am eu cinio eu hunain. Mae carferi ar gael yn y Gwesty.

14:00 – 15:00

2-3pm Sesiwn grynhoi /  rwydweithio wedi’i hwyluso – Seamus Rafter Suite

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Cyfrifoldeb y mynychwyr yw teithio a llety. Isod mae rhywfaint o wybodaeth i helpu gyda hyn:


Mewn Car wedi’i Logi o Faes Awyr Dulyn i Westy Riverside Park, Enniscorthy

Dolen i Gyfarwyddiadau Google Maps

Ar y Bws o Faes Awyr Dulyn

Bus Eireann (Expressway Route 2) > Maes Awyr Dulyn i Wexford (gyda stop yn Enniscorthy) O Barth Coch 13 Stop 9

Wexford Bus Route 740 > Maes Awyr Dulyn i Wexford (gyda stop yn Enniscorthy)  Amserlen  – Wexford Bus 740 Route, O’r Maes Parcio Coetsys, Parth 16 (gweler map

Ar y Trên

Siwrnai enghreifftiol o orsaf drenau Dulyn (Connolly), i Enniscorthy. Er ei bod yn daith fwy cyfforddus na’r bws, mae’n anoddach cyrraedd yr orsaf drenau, sydd yng nghanol Dinas Dulyn, ar gyfer llinell Wexford/Rosslare (sy’n stopio ynEnniscorthy).!P|TP!histId|1!histKey|H692786

Fferi o’r DU

Abergwaun i Rosslare – Stenaline

Dublin – Holyhead route – Stena line


Bydd y rhan fwyaf o’r mynychwyr yn aros yn y Riverside Park Hotel & Leisure Club

The Promenade, Enniscorthy, Swydd Wexford, Y21 T2F4

Llety arall yn Enniscorthy

Treacy’s Hotel

Llety yn Nhref Wexford (Sylwer: 20 munud mewn car i Enniscorthy)

Clayton Whites Hotel

Crown Quarter

Ferrycarrig Hotel

Maldron Hotel

Talbot Hotel

Riverbank House Hotel

Whitford House Hotel

Am opsiynau llety eraill ewch i Visit Wexford 

Archaeology News

St Patrick’s Chapel Dig – final report available


Final Report for St Patrick's Chapel dig now available

The view or download the whole document click one the link below


Report Summary below

Coastal erosion has been affecting St Patrick’s early medieval cemetery and medieval chapel at Whitesands, St Davids, Pembrokeshire since at least the mid-twentieth century. Storms in January and February 2014 exposed several burials, following which Dyfed Archaeological Trust in partnership with the University of Sheffield carried out five seasons of excavation: 2014–16, 2019 and 2021, funded by Cadw, the Nineveh Trust, the EU funded Ancient Connections project and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

The earliest elements of the site consisted of an oval stone-built enclosure, 5.5m × 4.5m, with a centrally placed rectangular structure, 1.4m × 1.0m, dating to the mid eighth century. Several of the stones of the structure were carved — a ring-cross with interlace design, a human figure dressed in a tunic with stick arms raised, and an inscription reading ‘donoec’ (an Irish compound name meaning something like ‘dark youth’ or ‘noble warrior’). Evidence of occupation, mammal, bird and fish bones, cereal grains and other carbonised seeds, and craft production accompanied this early element, including the manufacture of copper alloy artefacts and amber working. Wind-blown sand rapidly covered these early elements.

In the mid- late eighth/ninth century a substantial stone-built cemetery enclosure wall was built over oval enclosure and rectangular structure, and the first burials appeared.
The first burials were of young children. Sand continued to accumulate, and as it did so
more burials were put in the ground. Over 250 burials were excavated, stacked up to eight deep in the sand, between the mid- late eighth/ninth century and c. 1100. After the first phase of child burial, both children and adults were buried. The earliest burials were simple dug graves; later in the sequence cist graves appeared.

In the eleventh/twelfth century a layer of rubble was laid down covering the early medieval cemetery and a stone-built chapel constructed. Burials accompanying the chapel consisted of cist graves capped with quartz pebbles or in some examples with limpet shells. All were of children. The chapel was abandoned during the sixteenth century.

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Pererin Wyf – new arts project launch!


Pererin Wyf - new arts project launch!

Pererin Wyf / Is oilithreach mé / I am a Pilgrim: Sounding the way back through story and song

is a new cross border participatory arts project connecting the Welsh and Irish diasporas of North Pembrokeshire and North Wexford launching this Autumn.

The Pererin Wyf project will be delivered by artist Rowan O’Neill and Pembrokeshire based community arts organisation SPAN Arts, working in tandem with co-facilitators, Irish artists Rachel Uí Fhaoláin from Ceol Mo Chroí and John Ó Faoláin from Traditional Archive Channel.

 Pererin Wyf is Welsh for the affirmative statement, ‘I am a pilgrim’ and is the title of an 18th century hymn written by prolific hymn writer, William Williams Pantycelyn from which this project takes its inspiration.  The hymn later became associated with the tune Amazing Grace and was popularised in the 1960s with a recording by Iris Williams.

The Pererin Wyf  project will invite singers from all over the world to record a version of this song in any language from the location of their choice.  Recordings will be pinned to a digital map to form a global chorus of this enduring song.  Project participants will also have the chance to offer their personal reflections and connections to North Pembrokeshire and Wexford whether current resident, the home place of their forebears, or place of significance for other reasons.

The project Pererin Wyf will begin in September 2022 with a series of free bi-weekly online workshops with world class speakers focusing on the key themes of the project; connecting with the Welsh and Irish diaspora, language, home, travel and song.  Speakers will include David Greenslade whose book Welsh Fever is a gazeteer of Welsh activity and connection in North America, Pamela Petro author of The Long Field, a meditation on hiraeth shortlisted for the 2022 Welsh Book of the year, Professor Helen Phelan Director of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and Rachel Uí Fhaoláin and John Ó Faoláin, traditional song, folklore and story collectors based in Wexford.

A series of hybrid workshops will follow culminating in an exchange trip between host county participants in the Spring of 2023.  The workshops will result in a new version of the song featuring the Irish language and reflecting contemporary understandings of pilgrimage, home and return.

If you have a personal connection with North Pembrokeshire or Wexford and would like to take part in this project we would love to hear from you.  Please email to find out more about how you could get involved or book a place on the introductory session on the 29th September through 

News Opportunity

Applications sought to deliver FINALE participatory arts project


Applications sought to deliver FINALE participatory arts project

Wexford County Council invites submissions for an ambitious cross-border participatory arts project addressing the overarching theme of ‘Who is a pilgrim?’ that links the communities of Wexford and Pembrokeshire, as well as the international diasporas of these regions. The project is expected to be delivered through a mix of face-to-face activity and online engagement. This commission is expected to be completed by late Spring 2023 and will be the finale of the Ancient Connections arts programme.

There is a total value of €50,000 available for this commission. One lead individual or organisation must apply, but proposals must have a collaborative cross-border partner(s) who will enable delivery of the project evenly between the two regions and the delivery budget must reflect this.

Key aims of the project are to encourage international visitors to both regions and to present an ambitious, engaging and high impact finale project for the local communities of North Wexford and North Pembrokeshire that further enhances and cements their shared history and connections.

Applications are welcomed from organisations and individuals who live in Pembrokeshire or Wexford as well as those outside of the project area, however the applicant must be able to demonstrate a successful delivery model that takes into account their geographical location, as well as the requirement to ensure equal impact and accessibility for participants in both Pembrokeshire and Wexford.

Closing date for applications: 28th February 2022
Applications must be submitted through the etenderie portal. You will need to register as a supplier on the portal in order to view all the tender documents.  

Project Outputs: 

 FINALE arts project Spring 2023

News Pilgrimage

Wexford – Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way


Wexford Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way

The British Pilgrimage Trust have formed a partnership with Pilgrim Paths of Ireland, Journeying and Guided Pilgrimage to manage the new pilgrim route between St Davids, Pembrokeshire and Ferns in County Wexford. The pilgrim route will be the primary legacy of the Ancient Connections project.

Guy Hayward, Director of The British Pilgrimage Trust said:

“The British Pilgrimage Trust aims to facilitate grass roots activity around Britain by offering our expertise for free to all those that need it, and there is so much more of this local community activity now that they are seeing the attractive potential of pilgrimage for the home area that they know and love. We also want more people to actually walk the routes in practice, not just as a historical concept, and that is why we are so excited about this project, creating an old route as new with all the infrastructure that a modern pilgrim needs. Coming together and working with all these different partners – Pilgrim Paths Ireland, Journeying, Guided Pilgrimage, Ancient Connections – who are all passionate about forming a pilgrimage connection between Ireland and Wales, is going to lead to the kind of innovation and freshness of approach that is only possible when different cultures come into contact and share their wisdom. We are in the earliest stage of this project, but I can already tell that we are going to create something very beautiful together that bridges both sides of the Celtic Sea, and something which so many will enjoy and find meaning through for generations to come”.

Working alongside the British Pilgrimage Trust and representing the Irish interest in the project is Pilgrim Paths Ireland. Chairman John G O’Dwyer said: “he was delighted to be part of the team tasked with developing a pilgrim route as part of the Ancient Connections project that will commemorate the 6th-century journey of St Aidan to study under St David in Wales.”  The project will, he believes, revive long-standing links between communities in Pembrokeshire and Wexford by drawing on a common heritage to actively share local knowledge, experience and skills. “The new pilgrim route should mean much additional spending to Wexford and Pembrokeshire and draw attention to the rich heritage both areas have to offer to visitors,” 

Also joining the team will be two West Wales based not-for-profit companies. Journeying have been taking small groups of pilgrims on guided walking tours to the more off-the-beaten-track parts of Britain and Ireland for over thirty years. Guided Pilgrimage offer Celtic pilgrimages of one day or multi day duration that create a space for people to reconnect body and spirit through the wild and beautiful Celtic landscapes.

Following community consultation and market research, the name of the route will be Wexford – Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way. Cardiff based destination marketing specialists Heavenly, along with graphic design company Orchard have created a unique brand for the route that will inspire visitors from the UK, Ireland and abroad to take up the pilgrim’s mantle and have a potentially life-changing experience. Branding will feature on route way-markers, maps and leaflets as well as pilgrim passports and a pilgrim app.

The route will be open to the public in 2023 for both guided and self-guided tours. There are a number of opportunities to take part in one day pilgrimage events on the new route. 

For more information visit:

This is a route in development and is currently going through the Sport Ireland accreditation process. Although some sections of the route are on existing accredited Wexford Walking Trails (Ferns Village, Oulart Hill, Three Rocks Trail and Carne to Rosslare), all other parts of Wexford-Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way route have yet to be accredited. Accordingly, Wexford County Council and its route development partners do not accept responsibility and are not liable for any loss, damage or injury which may arise and all users and participants should take all necessary care to satisfy themselves of the suitability and safety of the route.

Project Outputs: Two new FTE jobs. New pilgrim route between Ferns, Wexford and St Davids, Pembrokeshire



Artists Commissions

Arts Project

Artists Commissions

Ancient Connections has commissioned four new artists’ commissions, exploring some interlinked themes that are at the heart of the project including: pilgrimage, connecting with the Celtic diaspora of Ireland and Wales and our relationships to sacred places such as holy wells, chapels and ancient sites.

The artists will produce new artworks over the next two years, inspired by their own research as well as the findings uncovered by the Ancient Connections teams of story gatherers, community researchers and archaeologists. Each artist is expected to create work that can be shared online, in order to engage with both local audiences and with people much further afield such as Australia and North America, where there are significant communities of people with Irish and Welsh ancestry. The artists will also present their work in a final public showing in both Wexford and Pembrokeshire in 2022.

The four artists are Seán Vicary and Linda Norris, who are both visual artists based in West Wales, and artist/archaeologist John Sunderland and writer Sylvia Cullen, based in Ireland’s south-east.

Linda Norris

‘Williams Leatham Plate’ from Cân yr Oer Wynt series, ceramic decal on vintage china

Linda Norris proposes to use ‘sherds’ or found pottery fragments as the starting point for her project, encouraging people to send sherds to her and locate them on an online map. She says:

“Far from the glamour of precious metal hordes or celebrated monuments, sherds speak of anonymous domestic stories and link us with the people who lived in our homes in the past. I propose to initiate a ‘citizen archaeology’ project in Pembrokeshire and Wexford, and extending into the Celtic Diaspora. I will be researching people who emigrated from these regions to the Diaspora in the 19th century and trying to trace their descendants.”

Seán Vicary

'Field Notes RAF St Davids'

Multi-media artist Seán Vicary recently discovered that his great-grandmother was born in 1874, just 3.5 miles from Ferns in Camolin, and he seeks to:

“Understand the forces that shaped me living here across the water from my great grandmother’s home. By excavating my own past, I’ll undertake a process that mirrors the archaeological and historical research underway in both communities”.

He will be discovering ‘hidden narratives’ in the landscape and creatively working them into an engaging personal travelogue that moves back and forth between Pembrokeshire and Wexford.

“Voice, text, music, film and animation will combine to evoke these places in an exciting, contemporary way; building a deeper sense of identity through sharing experiences of reconnection”.

John Sunderland

'The Shooting Hut' (Site 1, Visit 9) from the project 'Touching Darkness' (2019)

Trained archaeologist and visual artist John Sunderland will be undertaking a pilgrimage from Whitesands to Ferns and excavating found objects along the route for the creation of a reliquary alongside pinhole photographic work. Rather than approaching this like an analytical contemporary archaeologist, he hopes to examine his discoveries with a mediaeval mindset, paying attention to “the supernatural or the sacred, to questions of good and evil, signs or portents”.

Sylvia Cullen

Cover of Sylvia Cullen’s play The Thaw, commissioned by the Arts Council of Ireland, produced by the Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely, published by New Island Books, inspired by the people of North Wexford, South Wicklow and East Carlow.

Writer Sylvia Cullen proposes to create a bespoke new series of short stories for podcasts or livestreaming, drawing on “dramatic tales of piracy and bootlegging along the Welsh and Irish coastlines” and haunting tales of sacred places or a longing for home. She will also run creative writing workshops in both communities.

Watching these projects evolve separately and then ultimately weave together in a final presentation will be a journey of discovery for both the project team and our audiences.

Date: August 2020 – December 2022

Funded by: Ancient Connections


Pilgrimage overview – rationale for a new route

Arts Project

Pilgrimage overview - rationale for a new route

Pilgrimage is an ancient concept; stretching back through history across cultural and religious boundaries, historical and economic spectrums, regardless of race or gender. It has been argued that pilgrimage fulfils a basic human need to reconnect to oneself through the simple process of putting one foot in front of another on the destination to a sacred or special place.

Ancient Connections is rediscovering historic links and ancient stories that connect the communities and culture of North Pembrokeshire with their counterparts on the East coast of Wexford. In particular, it is exploring the link between the city of Saint Davids and the village of Ferns, two significant sites associated with the early Celtic church. St Aidan studied in Wales with St David and after this he journeyed to Wexford where he set up his own monastery in Ferns.

St Davids has been a place of pilgrimage since the middle ages and still is. People are drawn to the area for many reasons for refreshment of body, mind and soul. It is recognised as a special place, a ‘thin’ place in Celtic terms, a place where hearts are opened and emotions are touched.

Modern day pilgrimage isn’t necessarily religious or even spiritual but an opportunity for reflection, connection and discovery; perhaps finding a new sense of purpose, direction and wellbeing. Pilgrimage in modern times is becoming increasingly popular with TV programmes such as Pilgrimage; The Road to Rome and The Road to Santiago. The Santiago de Compostella pilgrim trail, which was boosted through EU funding in 1987, has been a major success story with numbers increasing from under 3,000 per year to over 300,000 now.

A New Route - Wexford Pembrokeshire Pilgrim Way

2023 will commemorate 900 years since Pope Callixtus II declared two pilgrimages to St Davids equal to one to Rome. This date and the Ancient Connections project are a launch pad from which to start building a pilgrimage route on both sides of the Irish Sea. Could pilgrimage/transformational tourism be as successful in Wexford and Pembrokeshire as it has been in Northern Spain?

Ancient Connections is working with the British Pilgrimage Trust to create the new route. In May 2022, the trailblazing Creative Camino pilgrimage took place, an experimental journey led by guides from Journeying based in Pembrokeshire and Wexford Trails. Traveling with them were a group of artists and community pilgrims, who responded creatively to the experience. 

The route has now been mapped and will be open to the public in 2023 for guided and self-guided tours. Currently, there are opportunities to trial the route on day trips led by experienced guides. Visit the website for more information on the route and how you can get involved

Date: Ongoing