Day one of the holiday it rained. No surprise there, Ireland is not known as ‘Emerald’ due to the annual hosepipe ban. Still, County Wexford is known as Irelands ‘Sunny Southeast’ due to it getting more than its fair share of Irish annual sunshine and the Gulf stream moderating winter temperatures. From Arklow to Duncannon, over 100 km of coast line is dotted with over 30 beaches including 7 Blue Flag beaches and the marinas at Kilmore Quay and New Ross, the blue flag awarded for good water quality and general environmental healthiness. The clean waters and the Atlantic effect on the tides went a long way to explain the wet suits hanging in the cottage cupboard. Had I only been thirty years younger – but even then I would have been more likely to sink than surf.