Why relocate to Wexford?
Located in Ireland’s “Sunny South-East”, Wexford is known as the corner-stone of Ireland’s Ancient East. The County has a distinctive settlement pattern with five major centres of population – Wexford Town, Enniscorthy, New Ross, Gorey, and Bunclody.
As mentioned in our 2018 South-East Relocation Survey, many well-known international companies have chosen Wexford as their base and find it as an excellent place for their businesses to operate, prosper and grow. Among IDA client companies, Wexford has become one of the fastest growing regions in Ireland, while taking advantage of its proximity to Dublin, Cork and the rest of the south. Our survey found that 53% have progressed to more senior roles since making the move to the city, while 76% report having more disposable income.
The city is also boosted by access to third-level educational institutions such as Waterford Institute of Technology, as well as nearby institutions in Cork and Carlow. Meanwhile, the M11 motorway connects Wexford to Dublin in under 2 hours.
Wexford joins Waterford as a key hub for FDI in the South East of the country. Over 75 multinational companies are located here and in recent times the region has experienced continued growth in several industries. Wexford also has the benefit of Rosslare Europort, Ireland’s second busiest port after Dublin, which handles 130,000 road freight units per year. The port has also been earmarked a four-acre site for developments, in order to expand its capacity.
The South East is also home to a modest Tech Sector and Wexford is home to Datapac – Ireland’s largest ICT solutions provider. Meanwhile, The Hatch Lab is a new Tech Incubator space located in Gorey, Wexford. Located in a modern building, The Hatch Lab is designed specifically for Technology Companies, supporting business concepts, business start-ups and co-working staff.
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Wexford is well known for it’s sandy coastline and is a top tourism destination for both Irish and international visitors. Of all the beaches in the county, Curracloe Beach is deservedly the most popular and iconic, having been used for the filming of Hollywood Blockbusters Saving Private Ryan & Brooklyn.
Settling a family in Wexford is much easier than other parts of the country thanks to affordable housing, access to great schools and colleges. Opportunities also exist for third-level and further education. After work, Wexford can be your playground. As the cornerstone of Ireland’s Ancient East, plenty of Viking castles and sites are to be explored alongside the coastline, gorgeous parks and places to entertain the kids, sports, outdoor activities and great shopping, restaurants and hotels.
Wexford has a vibrant restaurant and café culture, with everything from fine dining, to gastro pubs, seafood restaurants and more family-friendly places to eat. Alternatively, grab some fish and chips or ice creams while walking barefoot in the sand! The quality of food is excellent with many eateries taking pride in delicious produce from local farmers and artisan producers. After you’ve eaten, settle in for a pint of one of Wexford’s homegrown breweries, get involved in a relaxed traditional music session or find a bar with live music to enjoy into the early hours of the morning!
Wexford has a rich heritage of sport and proud GAA following – being one of Ireland’s hurling strongholds. Many other community groups, public parks, leisure centres and gyms are also aplenty in the county. Wexford also plays host to over 30 taking festivals year, covering everything from food and wine, to music, writing and the arts. Find out what’s on by visiting the Visit Wexford website.