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Monday 19 November 2018

Vinegar Hill 'diorama' brings battle to life in 1798 centre

n Jacqui Sidney-Hynes, manager of the National 1798 Centre, beside one of the lifesize, and life-like, battle scenes.
n Jacqui Sidney-Hynes, manager of the National 1798 Centre, beside one of the lifesize, and life-like, battle scenes.

A 'diorama' of Vinegar Hill is set to be one of the top attractions in the national 1798 rebellion centre at Arnold's Cross in Enniscorthy.

The three dimensional model, measuring 8 feet by 5 feet, shows the famous hill without the modern houses and other developments from the past two centuries.

The diorama is due to be unveiled shortly, along with a new high-tech, 360 degree audio visual spectacular filmed using professional actors. The show has been produced by specialist firm MMID, based at the enterprise centre beside Enniscorthy Vocational College. The initials stand for Multimedia Instructional Design.

A rebel forge, as used for making pikes, is also being installed in the centre and should be ready to receive tourists early next month.

Centre manager Jacqui Hynes reminded town councillors last week that Vinegar Hill was the last major battle to be fought on Irish soil.

She reckoned that one in six of the population of County Wexford perished during a traumatic six-week period in the summer of 1798. Ms. Hynes felt that it was good to continue to remember an event that had such a profound effect on the county, as well as being the first step on the road to democracy and national independence for Ireland.

Cllr. Seán Óg Doyle welcomed the new display and commented that it should have happened four or five years ago. Town manager Tony Larkin noted that the '98 centre and Enniscorthy Castle have produced a financial surplus over the past two years after years of loss making.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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