A boom for Enniscorthy
Published 06/08/2013 | 05:34
Enniscorthy tourism was given a huge shot in the arm at the weekend as the town re-enacted the events of 1798.
And the Redcoats who came from the UK to set the streets and fields ringing with their gunfire have vowed to return in great numbers in future.
The efforts of the imported re-enactors and their homegrown rebel opponents made Enniscorthy a magnet for visitors.
'The biggest thing since the Fleadh,' one publican exclaimed as he pulled pints for the thirst English soldiers.
The re-enactors turn up with their authentic uniforms at battlefield across Britain and the Continent but they rated their Irish trip one of the most enjoyable so far.
'They are already making plans to return next year,' confirmed '98 centre manager Jacqui Hynes relieved that the forecast rain stayed away.
'They have gone home ecstatic with the welcome from the whole town. Enniscorthy did itself amazingly proud.'
The 100 Redcoats - a blend of British and Kildare re-enactors - were outnumbered two to one by the rebel home team.
But, despite the support of the spectators, the United Irishmen were once more vanquished on Vinegar Hill just as they were when the cannon balls were for real.
Now Jacqui Hynes is left to ensure that third annual battle will be even bigger and better in 2014 after Sunday's fun in the sun.
'The rain gods smiled on us,' remarked the relieved manager. 'It was not in the forecast at all.'