Acrid scent of battle on Vinegar Hill
Published 03/08/2014 | 02:30
Battle re-enactors from all over Ireland and the UK converged on Vinegar Hill, Co Wexford, this weekend, to recreate one of the most famous battles from the 1798 Rising.
More than 250 people are involved in recreating the battle scenes, with over 200 United Irishmen pitted against 50 redcoats. Now in its third year, the battle re-enactment is the biggest of its kind, and attracts over 7,000 spectators.
The 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers are one of 13 groups who travelled from the UK to represent the British redcoats.
Dressed in replica uniforms of the United Irishmen and the British Army, they recreated the famous 1798 battle in which more than 15,000 British soldiers launched an offensive on the Irish headquarters, marking a reversal of the fortunes of the Rising.
Yesterday's battle took place on the streets of Enniscorthy - but today's clash takes place on Vinegar Hill, with a spectator zone near the United Irishmen's HQ.
Organiser Jacqui Hynes promised "spectacle, noise and the smells of battle."
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