By the end of the 13th century New Ross was the busiest port in Ireland.
St. Mary’s is one of the largest medieval churches in the country.
Dungunstown, just 6km south of New Ross, is the ancestral home of the Kennedy family. In 1963, President Kennedy visited the town as part of his tour of Ireland.
The Tholsel (Town Hall) was built in 1749 by Charles Tottenham, a member of the Protestant Ascendency. One of the plaques on the facade commemorates the hundredth anniversary of ‘ye glorious Battle of the Boyne.’
One of the most important battles of the 1798 rebellion was fought in the town. A large force of poorly armed Irish rebels was defeated by a much smaller number of well trained and well armed British troops.
New Ross’s port was the place where many Irish people left the country both during and after the Potatoe Famine. Today a replica of a ship called the Dunbrody, which was used to transport emigrants to the New World, is permanently docked at the quayside.
A bridge has existed over the River Barrow at New Ross since at least 1210.
The town is home of the Ros Tapestry Project. Started in 1998, over 150 volunteers have created fifteen large embroidered panels telling the story of the Anglo-Norman arrival to Ireland.
Although there are only a few fragments remaining of New Ross’s once impressive town walls, there is a poem dated to 1265 written by Friar Michael “Bernardi” of Kyldare that’s describes their construction.
In 1649 Oliver Cromwell took the town during his reconquest of the country.