Science behind elite athletes, space travel, singing and DNA under the microscope for Wexford Science Festival

Wexford will be a hotbed of scientific experiment, technological ingenuity, engineering and mathematical endeavour in the coming days as up to 60 free events get underway from November 9th to 19th as part of Wexford Science Festival…

Libraries across the county, schools, the National Opera House,  direct provision centres, sports clubs and other community facilities are being transformed as preparations continue for the free events, each tailored to audiences from primary school up to adult only, running during the day and at evening times. For more and to reserve your place at ticketed events, log on to and book now at at   

Highlights of the Wexford programme include an online, family-focused Scavenger Hunt with international edutainer, Steve Sherman. The fast-paced and action-packed event includes brain teasers, physical challenges, games and activities in a bid to be crowned Wexford’s Smartest Science Scavengers! 

Wexford’s National Opera House hosts the unmissable ‘Science of Singing’ Somatic Skeleton performance workshop where adults will discover how the skeleton supports not only dynamic but highly creative everyday movement. Attendees will also learn how the breath powers the resonance and emotional expression in our voices.       

Science and Literature collide in an equally enthralling event featuring local author and recent One Dublin One Book winner, Andrew Hughes, and Wexford resident and immunologist, Professor Cliona O’Farrelly.  Their unmissable ‘Two Facets of Being Human’ lecture runs at Wexford Town Library.            

Bruce Wardrop’s  Science of Elite Sport at New Ross Library is set to be of keen interest. The renowned sport scientist,  lecturer and podcaster specialises in the Science of Elite Sports, Physiology and Exercise.   Bruce and the Department of Sport & Exercise Science, SETU will lift the lid on what makes an elite athlete and will answer questions such as what is the ideal body composition of an All-Ireland winner.

Certain to also draw interest Dr Donnacha O Driscoll’s insight into the evolution of Rocketry and Space Travel. He will take his audience in Gorey Library on an enthralling journey from a simple steam powered devise known as ‘Hero’s Engine’ to the Artemis program which will return us to the Moon and beyond.

Dr Cas Kramer will lead his audience at Wexford Town Library on an interactive exploration of DNA, an extraordinary molecule that we all carry in almost every cell of our bodies and that defines who we are! Brendan Wallace, Particle Detector, will be at the same venue for a talk and demonstration focused on Radon gas, a product of Uranium decay that leaks up from the ground. Those attending are urged to prepare themselves for a gaseous and visually explosive presentation.

Enniscorthy library, meanwhile, hosts John Hackett and his Sun, Stars, and Rocky Planets event where he provides an overview of the process that incepted the solar system, right through to a discussion about the stars and planets that we identify in our skies in the present day. Learn the difference between a nebula and a heliosphere, the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Belt.   

No Science Festival is complete without a good movie and Bunclody Library is the venue for a true classic Sci-Fi Movie.

A science Family fun day will take place in libraries across Co Wexford on Saturday November 18th.

CALMAST’s Eoin Gill urged the public to check out the free programme of events on and book their places now. Places at some venues are limited.

“People think of Science Week and they automatically think that it’s just focused on schools and on children. Wexford Science Festival has something for everyone.”

“Whether you’re curious about what makes elite athletes so amazing, are interested in discovering more about our DNA or simply want to be enthralled and entertained, our events show just how relevant the scientific principles of physics, chemistry and biology are in our everyday lives.

“The South East has become a magnet for science, technology and pharmaceutical firms. The growing sector offers great job prospects for graduates with science-related skills and a world of opportunities,   rewarding salaries and a chance to travel the world. We want to showcase how exciting and wonderful the wider world of science is to all age cohorts, all groups,” Eoin said.

Wexford Science Festival is run by CALMAST at SETU with support from Science Foundation Ireland, Wexford County Council, Environmental Protection Agency and local industries Danone and Waters.

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