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Township of Pine
County Wexford, Ireland - Wexford, PA Connection
Did you know that the Wexford area was originally settled by German and Irish immigrants? In the early 1800's, Ambrose Schaeffer from Baden-Baden, Germany and Martin Byrne from Wexford, Ireland were key settlers in the area, and did a lot of work to draw missionaries to the area. The first Catholic Mass was held at the log cabin of Martin Byrne, and Mr. Byrne became the first postmaster in the area. The local postal region was named Wexford, after Mr. Byrne's place of birth.
Several years ago, local historians and representatives from St. Alphonsus Church established a connection with County Wexford, Ireland. Marty McKinney, Sr., life member of the fire company, mentioned to Chief Tim Flaherty(At the time captain) the idea of establishing a link between the fire services. Through the Internet, Tim finally got around to finding contact information and after sending an email, Assistant Fire Officer Simon Geraghty replied in agreement of keeping in touch with our fire company. He sent the pictures included below.
According to Mr. Geraghty, there are 116,000 residents in County Wexford. Due to premier beaches and hotels, the population explodes to over 180,000 in the summer months. Fire protection is provided through five stations: Wexford (Headquarters), Enniscorthy, Gorey, New Ross and Bunclody. The service is made up of 65 paid-part time firefighters, a Chief, two Senior Assistant Chiefs, and two Assistant Chiefs and an Assistant Fire Officer.