Immortalised forever in the beautiful Irish ballad "Boolavogue" are the bold and brave rebels of 1798, which were led by local priest Fr Murphy into battle. Here at the village of Boolavogue itself, you will find his home, a room in a humble farm labourer's cottage. The cottage eventually became housing for livestock and a larger, but by no means grand, farmhouse built beside it, costing 4 gold sovereigns and a barrel of potatoes to build! Today the farmyard has been lovingly converted into the Fr Murphy Centre, with much to see. Here the guides in true "storyteller fashion", will explain what happened during one of Wexford's darkest periods. The connections this small village has with France and Spain, and the drama, the horror and ultimate bravery of the quiet, hardworking farming people who lived in the village. You will also learn about rural farming life, local and regional traditions and take some time in the Garden of Remembrance. Onsite there is plenty for younger visitors too, a large playground, a maze and picnic facilities. Inside you will find a small gift shop and tearoom. Guided tours are available but booking is advisable in high season. A weekly music session is held there every Wednesday night during the summer months and once a month during the rest of the year.
Tourist and Visitors
Opening TimesMonday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm
Sunday 10.30am to 5.30pm
Between November and March, the centre is closed but can be accessed by Appointment
Tomnaboley Lower, Co. Wexford