Clonroche

An Irish Village

 

Seamus Joyce

Cloch Ban, Clonroche

Richie Blackburn

The History & Location

The urban village of Clonroche was founded after the Cromwellian wars c.1668. The village developed astride the coach road linking Wicklow and Waterford.

The Village is situated in south east Ireland in County Wexford

 

Boro Inn, Clonroche

Fruit Growing Area

With a population of over four hundred the village is twenty five miles from the Roslare/Fishgard ferry port, twenty five miles from Waterford Airport and seventy-five miles south of Dublin.

Clonroche is the premier soft fruit growing area in Ireland. Eighty per cent of the strawberry, blackcurrant, and raspberry crop emanating from here

 

The Village Industery

The village, situated on the N30, comprises two supermarkets, three bars, post office, police station, hardware store, carpet centre, grocery shop, filling stations, hairdressers and school. A grain mill operated by Glanbia plc., the third largest dairying group in Europe, is a major employer in the area.

The village also has an engineering works, two aluminium window plants, milk intake plant, grain drying facilities, water drilling and soft fruit processing plants.

 

Canon Murphy Park, Clonroche

 

 

The Social Scene

On the social scene music, theatre and sport has a major role. Hurling is the most popular field sport in the area Cloughbawn being the local senior club

The club won the County Wexford Senior Hurling Championship some years ago and supplied two players to the Wexford All Ireland winning side.

 

 

Cloch Ban, Clonroche

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Jim Murphy, Paddy Mahon, Tom Furlong & Paddy Joyce

Theatre is also very strong in the area which has an impressive supply of musicians, actors and producers from such a small population. Many musicians in the area are former Irish Champions in music and dance.

The Village has it's own soccer club, playing in the Wexford League. There is a large indoor and outdoor equestrian centre on the outskirts of the village. Pool/billiards and badminton completes the social scene

 

Boro Inn, Clonroche