Wednesday 24 April 2019

Flag flying is a non runner

Cllr Keith Doyle
Cllr Keith Doyle

Brendan Keane

A proposal to have the tricolour flown on Vinegar Hill has been described as a non-runner by a member of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council.

Cathal Byrne, from Ballyhoge, will be a Fine Gael candidate in the forthcoming local elections and he suggested recently that more should be done to commemorate the fact the tricolour was first raised on March 7, 1848, at Vinegar Hill, along with the more well known raising of it in Waterford on the same date.

However, at this month's meeting of the local authority Cllr Keith Doyle said he had spent 15 years working at having the raising of the tricolour in Co Wexford acknowledged 'nationally'.

'In 2016 it was acknowledged by the Taoiseach's office that Enniscorthy was the first place, along with Waterford, [that it was raised],' said Cllr Doyle.

He also pointed out that the flag couldn't be flown on Vinegar Hill because it can't be flown at night time without being lit up.

Cllr Johnny Mythen also acknowledged that Cllr Doyle had been very vocal in his efforts to have the historic events that took place in Enniscorthy with regard to the tricolour recognised.

'In fairness to Keith this is something he has raised for many years in the chamber,' said Cllr Mythen.

Enniscorthy Guardian