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Fethard On Sea

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Fethard-on-Sea or Fethard, is a village in southwest County Wexford in Ireland. It lies on the R734 road on the eastern side of the Hook peninsula, between Waterford Harbour and Bannow Bay.Public transportTwo Bus √Čireann routes serve Fethard-on-Sea; route 370 provides a commuter service to Waterford via New Ross departing at 07.15 Mondays to Saturdays inclusive with a return journey in the evening. Tuesday-only route 373 provides a link to/from Wexford via Wellingtonbridge.HistoryIn the past, Fethard was a place of some importance. It was a site of Norman landings during the Norman invasion of Ireland in the 12th century. The remains of Norman-era earthworks and fortifications may be seen at Baginbun Bay, south of Ingard Point.A 12th-century castle was built by Raymond le Gros, which passed to the Bishop of Ferns and was used as an episcopal residence. There is little evidence of the castle today. Alexander Devereux, the 16th-century bishop of Ferns and Abbot of Dunbrody, is buried in St. Mogue's Church (Church of Ireland).Fethard was granted a charter by James I of England and became a municipal borough, sending two members to the Irish parliament, before its dissolution. In 1798 a harbour was built and was a landing site for French troops during the revolutionary wars.
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