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Carrigduff Business Center Bunclody

Specialising in all aspects of hairstyling.

Agents for Alfaparf colour and Semi DiLino products.
Stockists of L’orel prifiber and Steampod
Stockists of GHD 
The Lisse signature 12 week blowdry
Their director of styling has over 29 years experience in hairstyling
With 17 years experience in wexfords longest established salon Scissors Empire and training from Wella and Toni and Guys they will give you the latest trends in both styling and colour.

They believe in training and keeping upto date will all trends along with the best products.

They also specialise in bridal party’s we can come to you on the morning of your wedding or you can come into us. Free consultation

They will give you a totally new experience in hairdressing one which you will want to experience again and again

Call for an appointment on 0851316593 or 0539376425


This recently launched walk takes you through pine and beech forests up to the summit of Gibbet Hill.  A number of places on this hill you’ll notice some fine stone walls made out of flattish pieces of rock. In the eighteenth century there was a slate quarry on the hill.  In early May expect to see a carpet of bluebells, thriving quietly away beneath the beech trees.

Bunclody Swimming Pool Grounds, Carrickduff, Bunclody, Co Wexford
Carrickduff Bike Skills Park

Thrills galore on the rollercoaster pump track. Specially designed skills features. Children, beginners, experts, everyone is welcome. The bike park is a great place for young kids to develop balance and bike control skills for life. Don’t forget your helmet!

Always open, always free
Newtownbarry House, Bunclody, Co. Wexford, Ireland
053 937 6383053 937 6383
087 0569805 / 087 1227486087 0569805 / 087 1227486
053 937 6383

Due to circumstance outside their control, Newtownbarry House and Gardens will not re-open for the 2018 summer season and is unlikely to be open to the public again in the future. House and Garden tours and visits booked for the season cannot now go ahead including bookings made through Wexford and Carlow Garden Trails. Clody and her family sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused and to thank all who visited the house, gardens and art gallery and supported them over the years.

Best wishes are extended to the Norton family at this difficult time.


5 Market Square Bunclody
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Cahill’s Hardware & Giftware shop located in Bunclody’s Market Square is a one stop shop for your general hardware and giftware needs.   We stock Fleetwood and Colour Trend paints and also offer other home and garden improvement goods.

We provide a key cutting service along with window glazing and replacement.

Our giftware department hosts an array of beautiful homeware and gift ideas.   We pride ourselves in our commitment to providing customers with outstanding service and quality goods.


Cahill’s Hardware & Giftware,
5 Market Square Bunclody,
Co Wexford.

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The Loftus Pharmacy & Gift Shop is family run business and stocks a wide range of excellent beauty and skincare products, fragrances and fantastic gifts. Our Gift ranges Include Newbridge silverware, Nicholas Mosse, Galway crystal, and many more. 

For over 40 years the Loftus Pharmacy has been offering a wide range of medicines, health care, veterinary and giftware.

When visiting Bunclody why not drop in and visit our gift shop!

Opening Hours – 09:00 – 18:30 Mon to Sat, Call us on 053 9377529

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Elegance Ladies Fashion Boutique situated on the Bunclody’s Main Street will meet your fashion needs for all occasions.

With an array of exquisite clothing on offer, coupled with friendly service and style advice, why look any further.

Elegance Boutique stocks some incredible exclusive labels and offers something a little bit different!

Opening Hours:           10am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday.

Telephone:                   053 9376911

Owner:                        Helen Redmond


Bunclody Town has a rich heritage and it was felt that this could be further promoted. It was also recognised that there is a need to provide in-door facilities so that visitors have things to do when the weather is inclement. Some suggestions included a historical Museum. This could possibly be located in one of the vacant buildings in the Town. This could include a photographic exhibition and artefacts representing Bunclody’s history. Reference was made to ‘Enniscorthy Castle’ and how successfully this has promoted Enniscorthy’s heritage. Another excellent example is the ‘St Conall’s Museum and Heritage Centre’ in a small village called Glenties, County Donegal. According to the Rough Guide of Ireland it is one of the best small-Town museums in the country and displays much material of local interest, focusing on wildlife, Donegal’s railways, antiquities, and the effects of the Great Famine. It also holds a Summer School in late July, attracting hundreds of people to its exhibitions, seminars and literary debates.

River Slaney

The river Slaney runs through the Town of Bunclody and is a very attractive natural asset for the Town.
“Until the late 1960s, the Slaney was perhaps the primary Irish spring salmon river and one of the best in Europe, but since then has seen a serious decline in the number of fish running the river to the extent that the river had to be closed for a number of years and is now catch and release only as stock levels are below conservation limits.” (
There was uncertainty around fishing licences and where people are allowed to fish on the river Slaney. It was thought that there is a catch and release policy in place and that licences can be obtained locally.
Fishing is a potentially attractive tourist facility that could be offered in the area however, further research is required to ascertain on what basis it could be made available to visitors staying in the Town.

There are also fishing opportunities for tourists in Enniscorthy and due to the close proximity between the two Towns this could very easily be promoted as a half day / full day activity for those staying in Bunclody. There is free fishing downstream of Enniscorthy Bridge and there are good stocks of brown trout on the river Slaney.
Other opportunities to utilise the river was discussed and it was thought that watersports including kayaking could be developed. However, in the short term utilising existing established organisations would be most effective. There is the Tullow Kayak Club that offers training sessions and river trips for children and adults. There is also a company called Slaney Adventure which offers kayak trips to those on holiday in the area or summer camps for children aged 8 to 17 years of age.

There are a wealth of historic houses
and gardens within close proximity to Bunclody including:

  • Newtownbarry House
  • Altamount Gardens
  • Huntington Castle
  • Borris Castle
  • Lucy’s Wood Garden
  • Tombrick Gardens

These gardens are members of either the Wexford or Carlow Garden Trails that are widely publicised nationally through websites or in brochures. It was recognised that because Bunclody is located on the border between Co. Carlow and Co. Wexford, visitors are not always aware of the gardens in close proximity to the Town.

It was felt very important that all of these attractions should be jointly publicised to visitors who are staying in Bunclody or the neighboring area.

Hook Head Safaris, Coleman Lane, Arthurstown, Co.Wexford

It was acknowledged that the Blackstairs Mountains have huge tourism potential which is currently under-developed and not promoted significantly either within the Town or to the domestic / international visitor. It was felt that there is considerable scope to offer 1 day tours using a mini bus or through a business model like Hook Safari that operates on the Hook Peninsula.

Anvil Lodge Riding School, Ballindaggin, Enniscorthy, County Wexford.

Horse riding:

The opportunity to do pony trekking in the mountains was considered and it was felt that current facilities are not well known. There is the Anvil Lodge Riding School based in Ballindaggan which is 11 km from Bunclody and it offers individual and group packages and it was felt that this could be promoted further.

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Mountain Bike Trails:

There is an interest in developing mountain bike trails in the area. The mountain bike model in Ballyhoura, County Limerick was discussed and it was felt that this is a model that Bunclody could explore further to examine if it is possible to replicate in this locality. It is our understanding that this was developed as a joint venture between Ballyhoura Development and Fáilte Ireland and approximately 92 km were built on Coillte property with their permission.
However, if these are developed on land owned by Coillte, it is imperative that discussions take place with them initially to identify if this is compatible with their national strategy on ‘Off-Road Cycling, 2012’.
However, it is recognised in the Coillte report that mountain bike club activity is currently taking place in Deerpark / Kilbrannish at a moderate to high usage level. This mountain bike trail is promoted on the Trailbadger website and it profiles the facilities and a movie depicting features of the trail.
The cost of further developing these mountain bike trails is significant however, as substantial investment was required to develop the Ballyhoura mountain bike model on Coillte property. An alternative possibility for mountain bike related tourism could focus on private, commercial ‘trail centres’ which have become very popular in the UK in recent years, especially in Scotland and Wales. One such centre has opened in Ireland, near Roscrea, County Tipperary called ‘Bike Park Ireland’ which appears to be quite successful.

Racing 795 is a Mountain Biking and Triathlon club that involves cyclists, runners, swimmers and adventurers. Racing 795 was formed in 2008 with a mission to promote participation at all levels of triathlon and mountain biking in a friendly, supportive and enjoyable environment. The membership currently stands at around 50, mostly drawn from north Wexford and south Carlow. Competition and personal improvement is encouraged and their base is in Bunclody. Opportunities to develop tourism events in conjunction with this Club could be explored.

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Bunclody is surrounded by mountains which are easily accessible from the Town. WLD has delivered a series of walking trail training programmes over the last 18 months involving 16 communities around the county including Bunclody. There are a series of well-developed walks near Bunclody including Kilbrannish Loop; Coolmelagh Loop and Mount Leinster.
Bunclody is also situated just 5 km from the end of the Wicklow Way in Clonegal. This is a popular long distance walking trail over 127 km long which continues up to South Dublin. There is also the South Leinster Way that starts near Bunclody and this is a long distance walking route which runs from Kildavin, Co. Carlow to Carrick-on-Suir in Co. Tipperary covering 102 km in length. The predominant features in the landscape are Mount Leinster, Brandon Hill and the river valleys of the Barrow, Nore and Suir.
It was recognised that walking trails are one of the Town’s major tourist assets which are currently under-developed. It was felt there was scope to develop these further through advancing new trails; more promotion of the existing trails and also encouraging guided walking trails. There is a company called Blackstairs Eco Trails, based in Borris which offers Eco Trails, Guided Hikes, Workshops, Foraging, Foraging Hen Events, Teachers Courses, School Visits, Childrens’ Trails and Fun in the Wild. Links could be developed with this company to identify if guided walking tours could be made available to visitors staying in Bunclody. Annual events could also be designed around foraging or other eco themes.

Her's & Sir's, Main Street, Bunclody, Co.Wexford, Ireland
053-937 7722053-937 7722
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7 Irish St, Bunclody, Co.Wexford
Market Square, Bunclody, Co.Wexford
053-937 6322053-937 6322
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Newtownbarry House, Bunclody, Co. Wexford, Ireland

Opening Hours

May 24 – August 31, 2014

Open Tuesdays to Sundays, and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Gardens: 2-6pm
Farm Cafe, Gallery & Craft Gift Shop: 12-6pm


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