County Wexford lies in the south-east corner of the Republic of Ireland, known as the "Sunny South-east". John Banville was born in this part of Ireland.
Rosslare Harbour is a little more than 10 miles from Wexford Town, and from here there are connections to Fishguard, Pembroke, Cherbourg and Le Harve. The town of Rosslare sits beside a long sandy beach. The Irish Ros Lair means "the middle peninsula". For over a hundred years, it has been a favourite holiday destination for Irish holiday-makers because it is considered to be the sunniest place in Ireland.
The Sea is largely set within sight of the beach at Rosslare.
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