Thursday 24 August 2017

Painting the town red . . . 1,500 years on

Members of Bui Bolg in costume at the
parade over the weekend
Members of Bui Bolg in costume at the parade over the weekend
Helen Wallace as an angel

Conor Kane

A RIOT of colour and light illuminated the sky as Enniscorthy marked 1,500 years in existence in style on Saturday night.

Fire-eaters, fireworks, street theatre and much more made their way through the streets and along the quays of the old town, a millennium and a half after it was founded by Saint Senan.

Wexford-based street theatre group Bui Bolg were commissioned to perform the "Enlightenment" parade and they were joined on a night of festivity by the Garda Band, the Ballindaggin Pipe Band and the Wexford Samba Band to provide variety and something for all ages.

Hundreds thronged Market Square, past the Cathedral and Castle Hill and on to the quays, cheering on participants who included Enniscorthy's Strawberry Queen Chloe Mythen, representing the river goddess of the Slaney.

After the parade came to and end with an explosion of white light -- incorporating the themes of fire, light and knowledge -- the night finished with a fireworks display over the town by Wexford pyrotechnician Pat Whelan.

Celebrations for Enniscorthy's 1,500th anniversary continue in the coming months with events including a performance by the Anuna choir on March 19 in St Aidan's Cathedral; a 1916 conference featuring historian Tim Pat Coogan and others on April 24 and a civic reception in honour of award-winning author Colm Toibin on June 17.

Irish Independent

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