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Battle of Vinegar Hill remembered

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Maria Nolan, from Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society

Maria Nolan, from Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society

Maria Nolan, from Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society

Members of Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society gathered at the weekend to mark the 222nd anniversary of the Battle of Vinegar Hill.

On June 21, 1798, the hill served as the backdrop to one of the bloodiest and infamous battles in Irish history.

Led by society Chairman, Ray Murphy, the members of the EHRS, while observing social distancing guidelines, held a poignant ceremony on the hill including laying a wreath to the monument honouring those who gave their lives for the cause of Irish freedom.

A spokesperson for the society told this newspaper: 'We simply couldn't let the day past without honouring our heritage and our dead.'

Sinn Fein's, Deputy Johnny Mythen was among those in attendance at the event.

Following some well chosen words by Mr Murphy a minute silence was observed following which society member, Joe Mernagh, laid a wreath.

'We are the product of our history and the sacrifices of those who went before us and we should never forget what we owe them,' said the spokesperson.

'1798 and Vinegar Hill are synonymous with Enniscorthy, as are Pugin, Eileen Gray, the Normans, Jameson and 1916 so lets embrace and make room for them all,' she added.

Enniscorthy Guardian