Saturday 24 February 2018

'Longest Day' ceremony at Vinegar Hill

Town and Country Life - Maria Nolan

To mark the 219th anniversary of the Battle of Vinegar Hill, the National 1798 Rebellion Centre are hosting 'The Longest Day', a memorial ceremony remembering all those who died during the 1798 Rebellion.

This annual event is aptly entitled 'The Longest Day' as June 21, the day of the battle is indeed the longest day from both an astronomical perspective, and for those 30,000 men, women, and children from all sides who took part in the battle.

This year's ceremony takes place on Wednesday June 21, begining at 7:20pm at the bottom of Vinegar Hill Lane where Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Pikemen and Redcoats will assemble and march to the top Vinegar Hill. All are most welcome to join in and march along with the EHRS particularly those from overseas whose ancestors fought in the Rebellion.

At 7:30pm representatives from the different religious communities and councils will gather for a blessing which will be followed by poetry recital, including a newly written piece by local poet John J Kelly for the occasion, and a wreath laying ceremony. Following the commemoration on Vinegar Hill all are invited to Enniscorthy Castle for light refreshments.

Hundreds of spectators are expected to be present at this commemorative event, which remembers a defining moment in our nation's history, and provides an opportunity to come together as a community to remember those who lost their lives, in an inclusive and appropriate way.

For more information please contact the National 1798 Rebellion Centre on 053 92 37596

Calling the people of Enniscorthy and beyond to Vinegar Hill on June 21 to honour all those who made us who we are today.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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