Fringe Guide Launch Night

Festival Season Kicks Off with Fringe Launch

The Irish National Heritage Park found itself packed out on Wednesday night as members of the business and arts community came together to launch the 63rd Wexford Fringe Launch.

The event marks the beginning of the Festival season in the town as it begins to count down to the 64th  Wexford Festival Opera which, along with the Fringe, starts on this month.

CEO of Wexford Chamber Madeleine Quirke said she was absolutely thrilled to have the 2015 Wexford Fringe Guide guide in her hand, saying that it was a fabulous publication. She welcomed everyone to the launch “I’m delighted to see such a big crowd here for the start of a very exciting season for Wexford. This is what this town is all about.”

She thanked all those involved in the design and publication of the guide, saying that it was user-friendly, easy to follow and colourful. She paid special tribute to Lynda Harman of Chameleon Design (Fringe Guide design), Niall Reck of Graphedia (Fringe Website design) and Abigail Way for putting the guide together. She also thanked ESET for their continued sponsorship of the Fringe Guide as well as Failte Ireland, The Irish National Heritage Park for the beautiful spread and venue and the many advertisers.

Tony Dempsey TD said that Wexford was entering a season full of activity that highlighted it’s culture and heritage. He noted that Wexford was on the rise and that the Fringe and Opera Festival added to the sense of positivity.

Richard Foley, CEO, ESET said that the company was delighted to be able to sponsor the Fringe Guide and Wexford Festival Opera and be able to give something back to the town. He commented that the crowd gathered on the evening demonstrated how big a deal the Fringe was to Wexford people and said that ESET were proud to be a part of helping to boost the profile of Wexford and to represent the town in they way they conducted their own fast-growing anti-virus software and internet security business. Martin Doyle, President of Wexford Chamber, said that Wexford punched well above its weight when it came to festival time and he commended the huge amount of work that had gone into the Fringe launch.“It is great to live in a town with a sense of energy, drive and imagination such as this. The Arts is a great way to think outside the box and this guide is fantastic. I wish the Fringe festival all the best hope all of the events as well attended as they deserve to be.“There is something for everyone and that is what makes our town different and great.”The evening came to a close to the tunes of Stephen Murphy, who will performed the classics as a number of guests took to the floor for a twirl!The 2015 Wexford Fringe takes place from October 16th to November 1st.

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