Places to See | Co. Wexford, Ireland
The Ros Tapestry Exhibition Centre features a permanent exhibition of the acclaimed and embroidered Ros Tapestries. The Ros Tapestry Project is a massive community initiative in progress in the County of Wexford.
Beginning as an inspired and ambitious project, it is an excellent example of what can be produced when a work of imagination and charm is combined with the dedication and skill of like-minded embroidery enthusiasts.
A hundred embroiderers and millions of stitches have drawn in the threads of history and created fifteen striking embroidered panels – 6 x 4 foot each – depicting events around the Anglo-Norman arrival in the South East of Ireland, specifically the founding of the town of New Ross, Co. Wexford by William Marshal – a famous Knights Templar – and his wife Isabel de Clare – heiress of Diarmait Mac Murchada, King of Leinster
With a bridge linking the routes to Waterford, and the great arterial waterways of the Nore and the Barrow facilitating shipping from the sea, Ros became the heart of capitalist Leinster; its international banking and trading centre and one of the country’s most bustling sea ports. As many as 400 ships were known to have berthed in the harbour at any one time. This epic tale has been brought to life in the Ros Tapestry
From the initiation of a Celtic King to Hiberno-Norman commerce the cultural legacy of Leinster is immortalised in stitches and hanging on permanent exhibition in New Ross, Co. Wexford.
The Ros Tapestry is a spectacular embroidered work, in the tradition of the Bayeux Tapestry and definitely worth going to see if visiting Wexford.
Address: The Ros Tapestry, Priory Court, The Quay, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland