Sunday 22 April 2018

Rebels and Redcoats bring 1798 back to life

Rebels Matthew James Murphy (7), in front, and Adam Wickham (8) with other Vinegar Hill battlers who will take part in the 1798 Rebellion re-enactment in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, this weekend.
Rebels Matthew James Murphy (7), in front, and Adam Wickham (8) with other Vinegar Hill battlers who will take part in the 1798 Rebellion re-enactment in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, this weekend.

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

HISTORY will come to life when the rebels and the Redcoats re-enact the Irish Rebellion of 1798 this August bank holiday weekend.

Pipers and actors on horseback will lead the march through Enniscorthy -- while pikemen are set to join re-enactors from all over Ireland on Vinegar Hill in Co Wexford.

Three canons will launch an assault on the landmark hill during the first ever re-enactment of 1798, which will be held this Sunday.

The Battle of Vinegar Hill was fought on June 21, 1798.

Jacqui Hynes, manager at the 1798 National Rebellion Centre in Enniscorthy, said: "The group will split into their sides at the old bridge, the rebels continuing up Shannon Hill, while the redcoats will proceed along the Oulart Road. They will meet on the battlefield under Vinegar Hill."

Other events taking place include 'Life as an 18th Century Redcoat', which will be held in Enniscorthy Castle this Saturday.

Irish Independent

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