Rosslare Harbour, the gateway to Europe. When I moved to Rosslare Harbour in 1997, the village was alive with tourists, busy hotels and a myriad of thriving businesses. Now, it would it seem, it is simply the place that tourists pass by as they go to board a ship. But let me tell you, it is more than that, it is still a community; a community that has seen more than it’s fair share of loss during the decline of the Celtic Tiger. Businesses closed down, hotels changed hands, some closed doors and never opened them again, young people moved away, but, community spirit lives on and it would appear it’s stronger than ever.
The Secret Garden as my children (and many others too I’m sure) call it is testament to that. Grounds that could have been left alone to become an overgrown wilderness have been transformed into a beautiful amenity for the village residents and visitors alike.
It is a haven of peace and tranquility as you follow the winding pathways lined with beautiful plants with the sounds of birds singing for company.
At the moment, as spring leads to summer, the gardens are awash with fabulous colours.
The recent addition of fairy doors provides great excitement for younger children as they can knock on the doors to see if the fairies are home.
As you meander through the gardens there are signs which provide wildlife information and little pieces of history about the location.
All species of wildlife are catered for and while some hotels may be closed in Rosslare Harbour, The Bug Hotel, is a hive (pun intended 😉 ) of activity!
These gardens continue to be a work in progress and I have to say I was astounded today at the progress since my last visit, the hours of work that goes into creating all of the stunning features, such as wooden bridges and arbours, it is such an absolute credit to the Rosslare Harbour/Kilrane Environment Group.
There is plenty of seating available to stop a while, savour your surroundings and get lost in thought.
Of course, for someone like me who has two small little people, who like to run, The Secret Garden is a great place to bring them. It is extremely safe, I can let them run ahead, safe in the knowledge that they can come to no harm.
The next time you visit Rosslare Harbour, perhaps you’ll be collecting someone from a ferry, or you might just be out for a drive and decide to look at the boat come in or depart (people do still do that!!); come a little early, go up into the village, park your car in the car-park alongside the memorial garden, take a look to your right, head into The Secret Garden and enjoy the results of the hard work from the local people, the people who live here; it really is stunning.