Dunbrody's Blog

31/03/2018

The Norman Way

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.

The tracks, trails, and most importantly tales of Ireland’s Ancient East are prevalent at every turn in historic County Wexford. This most southeasterly corner of Ireland boasts history like no other part of the country; the entry point for Ireland’s first settlers is teeming with riches and treasures waiting to be explored. It is thought that the arrival of the first humans to Ireland was to County Wexford in the Mesolithic period between 5000 BC – 3000 BC. Age-old Portal Tombs known as ‘Dolmens’ can be found across the county along with many artefacts from the later Bronze Age. Heritage runs deep in Wexford; exploring this Cornerstone of Ireland’s Ancient East and journeying through the unspoiled landscape, hearing first-hand the stories that built Ireland is a must. Meet our ancestors - Celts, Christians, Vikings, Normans, French, Welsh and English - who have left us a remarkable heritage, unrivalled anywhere else in Ireland.

Vikings certainly made their mark in Wexford. Bearing down from Scandinavia, these hordes of wild wayfarers first arrived in the 8th century to loot and pillage. But we’ve a lot to thank them for too. They laid the foundations of many Irish towns including Wexford Town, which was founded by the Vikings in about 800 AD. They named it Veisafjǫrðr meaning 'inlet of the mud flats' and it remained a Viking town for about 300 years!

In 1169 the Normans first arrived in Ireland at Bannow Bay in Wexford. Diarmuid McMurrough, the High King of Leinster (whose seat was located in the village of Ferns, Wexford) and his Norman allies battled the Viking inhabitants who resisted fiercely until the Bishop of Ferns persuaded them to accept a settlement with King Diarmuid.

Today, Norse and Norman influences combine in Wexford, a town that has retained its compact, medieval feel – though the only invading hordes you’re likely to encounter these days are the opera buffs descending on the annual international Wexford Festival Opera. The Norman town of New Ross, heritage town of Enniscorthy, and bustling Gorey all combine to provide a historic trail with fascinating visitor attractions, beautiful coastline and everything you need to enjoy your visit. 

Winter Specials

Thoughout the year we offer some great dates for your diary - you can book any of these on their own or as part of a package: Call 051.389600 to book. 
Escape to the Country - nothing beats 2 nights getaway to the stunning Hook Peninsula & Dunbrody Country House & Estate especially when it includes a dinner on one night from Kevin Dundon's kitchen!  Treat yourself to a well-earned break of relaxation, pampering and indulgence.  You've definitely earned it  

Available throughout the year.  Click HERE to book

Live Like a Lord (or a lady!) To the Manor Born at Dunbrody   - Live like a Lord for 2 days in 1800s Dunbrody House...Georgian architecture meets modern luxury with this 2 day package which includes a Classic Afternoon Tea, dinner in the Harvest Room Restaurant from our Summer Seasonal Menu and champagne breakfast in bed til Noon on one morning.

Available throughout the year.  Click HERE to book

A Gatsby New Year - This New Year's Eve, the most glamorous pleasure-seekers are invited to shake out their pearls and tassels, unfurl their feathers and elude the beady eye of the law at the most lavish Prohibition Party yet. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the classic elegance of art deco of the Roaring 20’s. Be transported to an era of a modern renaissance where style, opulence, and grace were the only way to swing. Kicking off with traditional Prohibition cocktails and canapes and followed up with a Vintage Gala Dinner with live music throughout.

New Year's Eve Gatsby Package includes: 2 nights B&B with breakfast, Afternoon Tea on the day arrival (between 3 and 5pm), Cocktails & Canapes from 7.30pm with 8 course Gala Dinner on New Year's Eve from  8-8.15pm finishing up with Live Music with our resident two piece From Mars to Venus.

Click HERE to book
Love Is 2 days of indulgence at Dunbrody House throughout this Winter.  The perfect treat for someone you love. 
Love Is package includes:
- Sundays & Midweek accommodation in one of Dunbrody's luxury rooms or suites, Dinner for Two from the Harvest Room Seasonal Menu on one of the nights, Champagne Heidsick & Flowers in room on arrival, Breakfast til Noon next day.

Sundays & Midweek Click HERE to book

The Lodge at Dunbrody - For the perfect family break the original steaward's house at Dunbrody House offers all the perks of being in the main house but with loads of space for kids of all ages too.  Sleeping up to six you have the option of self-catering or let us look after all your dining needs. Minimum two night stay. Click HERE to check availability

Kevin Dundon's Online Christmas Cookery Course Part 1 & Part 2

In two parts starting on Monday 16th November - learn how too take the stress out of Christmas. From to bake the perfect Christmas cake and pudding, whip up a delicious brandy butter, cranberry sauce and much much more. This seven day course with daily tutorials and recipes will have you well prepared for your family Christmas feast.  A downloadable PDF of all the recipes will be available and you can access the full course content at the time of your choice.  Also included are two live cook alongs at 7pm Tuesday and Thursday evening Irish time. 

Part 2 takes place from Monday 7th December where Kevin will share all his chef secrets in making sure you'll know how to prepare a delicious and moist turkey, glazed ham, different stuffings, braised red cabbage, traditional and new idea treats & desserts and will follow the  same 7 day format as part 1 with the 2 live cookalongs too.  

Click HERE to join Part 1

 

 

 

Click HERE to join Part 2

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