68th Wexford Opera Festival

22nd October to November 3rd

68th Wexford Festival Opera

2019 marks the 68th Anniversary of the Wexford Opera Festival. Since 1951 this town has hosted what has become know as one of the World's most remarkable small festivals. The Festival has gained an enviable international reputation for the quality of its performances and the unique atmosphere that this quintessential community Festival generates in Wexford. 

Each year the Talbot Hotel Wexford offers complimentary bus transfers to all Guests attending the Opera at the Wexford Opera House. All guests staying in the Hotel can avail of our complimentary Shuttle service from the Hotel to the National Opera House.

We are delighted to once again host some of the countries most renowned artists as they showcase their work during this years festival, Art Exhibitions are open daily for the duration of the festival. 

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Festival Art Exhibition

Jacinta Crowley-Long, Pike Suite: 22nd October - 3rd November
Jacinta is a professional artist who has a deserved reputation as Ireland’s foremost contemporary canine and equestrian artist. She exhibits internationally at Christies and the Mall Galleries, London; The Salon de la Rochelle and the American Academy of Equine Art. Her paintings are held in corporate and private collections worldwide, including the OPW, De Beers, SA, ETP and BP Dublin, The Society of Equestrian Artists and the En Plein Eire painters and is represented by various galleries in Ireland.  In 2014 and 2015 she received 4 American Art Awards juried by the 25 best USA galleries with submissions from 50 countries. This is her 23nd year exhibiting in the Talbot Hotel Wexford.  View Jacinta’s exhibition online at www.crowley-long.com

Darragh Treacy, Maguire Suite: 24th October - 3rd November                                                                                                                         Darragh Treacy was born in 1973 and raised just outside Avoca, Co. Wicklow. Darragh is predominately self taught and favours the use of oils with an impressionist style. It was Darragh’s father, the artist Liam Treacy, that first introduced Darragh to painting “en plein air”, something which Darragh still enjoys today.  Darragh’s subject matter is varied and includes still-life, landscapes and street scenes. Having exhibited at the Wexford Opera Festival since 2011 he is also a member of the Dublin Painting and Sketching Club, exhibiting at its annual exhibition in Dun Laoghaire and W.B Yeats anniversary exhibition in City Assembly House Dublin. Darragh has exhibited in numerous group shows in Ireland and the UK receiving an award in 2016 at the Patching Festival in Nottinghamshire. While working all year round on private commissions, his work can also be found in private collections at home and abroad.  Darragh also works as a set designer and his work has brought him much critical acclaim and numerous design awards from the Institute of Designers of Ireland

Margaret Kent, WCSI, UWS, IPAP. Wilson Suite: 24th October - 3rd November
Margaret lives in rural Wexford surrounded by beautiful scenery & inspirational subjects which account for her passion for en plein air painting.Her paintings are a spontaneous impression of the subject as she interprets & portrays it.  Margaret is a member of The Watercolour Society of Ireland & a President's prize winner. Also a member of The Ulster Watercolour Society & a signature member of the International Plein Air Painters. Her works hang in UL, Dept of Foreign Affairs, HSE,Hertz Ireland, The Royal Marine Hotel, to name but a few.  View Margaret’s exhibition online at www.margaretkentartist.com

Lar Joyce, O'Brien Suite: 22nd October - 3rd November
Lar Joyce is a self-taught artist based in Wexford. Lar has being drawing and painting at a professional level for the past five years and has begun exhibiting and selling his art work in many galleries both originals and prints.  Lar likes to create a large variety of work concentrating mainly on charcoal and oil paintings. Strength of technique allows each new work to be fresh and distinct from the work that has come before. 



47th Wexford Antique & Fine Arts Fair

The Slaney Suite, 24th - 28th October incl.

The ever popular Antiques Fair has been running alongside the Opera Festival for over 48 years. More than 20 dealers from all over Ireland with amazing displays of antique furniture, jewellery, silver, glass, china and vintage clothing – something for everyone!
Open 11am to 8pm daily
Admission Adults €3.50 /Children are free


The Wexford Book, Coin & Collectables Fair

The Slaney Suite, 3rd November, 11am - 5pm

Stalls offering antiquarian, out of print and new books, coins, postcards, prints and antiques

Admission €2


Annette Byrne, Jewellery Designer

Ground Floor Lobby, 25th -28th October incl. & 31st Oct - 3rd Nov incl.

Annette is passionate about designing jewellery and so her business was created to focus on creating truly unusual pieces, using high quality semi-precious stones, sterling silver and vermeil.  Colours and trends are always present in Annette’s designs, whilst also keeping each pieces timeless, with a touch of class. Commissions are most welcome. Annette recently had the honour to design a commissioned necklace and earring set by the Bank of Ireland for their new CEO Ms. Francesca McDonagh and she also presented a piece to Erin McGregor of Dancing with the Stars fame. Annette is a member of The Craft Council of Ireland. You can visit her website for more information www.juljewellery.ie