You'd hardly notice this place were it not for its location almost opposite the magnificent Dunbrody famine ship. Yet it houses one of the most amazing contemporary creations in the whole of the Nation.
Its website states: 'Teams of embroiderers gather throughout the county of Wexford and nearby Kilkenny to interpret the fifteen cartoons researched in depth and painted by Ann Griffin Bernstorff.'
Indeed. I have heard of Bernstorff's reputation (though unfortunately have never met her). That she is undoubtedly a genius is a matter I daresay she would care little about.
There are not enough adjectives to describe these wonderful panels. I believe that the inspiration came, at least in part, from Bayeux. The tapestries tell an almost parallel story, although the span of history covered is greater in New Ross.
The town is a favourite of ours: theatre, music, history and more. The imposing ship dominates but discover too the moving story of JFK returning to his ancestral home, St Michael's Theatre, and the wonderful piano festival. And no, I am not a tourism promoter - just an enthusiastic visitor who appreciates culture and real artisty when I see it.
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