The cavalry without horses!
More soldiers, more guns and more cannons ensured the weekend 1798 battle re-enactments in Enniscorthy, pictured below, were the biggest and best yet. But spoilsport insurance companies refused to cover any participation by horses in the Bank Holiday extravaganza.
Members of the Brunswick Light Cavalry came from England to take part, but they were reduced to the status of infantry by the lack of cover.
Re-enactment organisers worked frantically up to 4 p.m. on Friday in an unavailing effort to arrange insurance. But the hard line taken by the companies barred horses – at least a dozen were lined up – from the battlefield.