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Friday 16 November 2018

Show exposes the secrets of 1798

Mary O’Neill, Phil Millar, Billy Murphy and Mary Carroll at ‘The 10 Dark Secrets of 1798’ by Paddy Cullivan in The Presentation Centre
Mary O’Neill, Phil Millar, Billy Murphy and Mary Carroll at ‘The 10 Dark Secrets of 1798’ by Paddy Cullivan in The Presentation Centre

The legendary Paddy Cullivan arrived in Enniscorthy recently to try and offer some new perspectives on the 1798 Rebellion - a topic that anyone connected with the town will be only too familiar with. The show - '10 Dark Secrets of 1798' explored a variety of issues connected with the rebellion including the mystery surrounding the death of Wolfe Tone, Daniel O'Connell's role in the rebellion, how Napper Tandy inadvertently helped with the love life of Napoleon, how the rapid transition from Protestant Republicanism to Orange Unionism occurred after 1798 and much, much more.

Cullivan has previously been described as a national treasure, and it's no surprise. From the moment he took to the stage, he captivated the audience with both is passion for history and his sharp sense of humour. While the show explored in detail elements of the 1798 Rebellion, this was no boring history class, rather an entertaining show which blew right open some of the historical inconsistencies which persist in relation to 1798. Cullivan was only too aware that he would have to bring his 'A-game' on the night, given Enniscorthy's strong ties to the 1798 Rebellion and he duly delivered having been provided with a Guard of Honour at the venue by the Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society.

He expressed his gratitude to the staff, his audience and of course the brave souls who lost their lives on Vinegar Hill in 1798!

Enniscorthy Guardian

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