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Monday 21 October 2019

Rebel escape route is scene of anniversary celebration

Members of Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society with members of the Glenbrien
community and children Katelyn Cullen, Michael Doran, Rian and Cathal Flynn at the Glenbrien
Commemoration of Needham’s Gap
Members of Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society with members of the Glenbrien community and children Katelyn Cullen, Michael Doran, Rian and Cathal Flynn at the Glenbrien Commemoration of Needham’s Gap

Brendan Keane

History was remembered recently in Enniscorthy with the 21st anniversary celebrations of the unveiling of a commemorative stone at Needham's Gap.

The gap was the location for an escape route for rebels and their leaders fleeing from the horrific slaughter filled battle on Vinegar Hill on June 21, 1798.

General Needham arrived late for the infamous battle on the hill and left a gap through which some of the rebels managed to escape - giving them an opportunity to fight again another day.

To mark the 21st anniversary of the laying of the commemorative stone Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society was joined by people from throughout Glenbrien to remember those who fought for Irish freedom during one of the most tumultuous periods in Irish history.

A spokesperson for the society told this newspaper that 'the young and the not-so-young gathered in the torrential rain to lay a wreath at the infamous spot'.

Oliver Doyle, from Glenbrien, had a pikehead at the event that was actually used on Vinegar Hill in 1798 and then passed down through generations of his family.

The spokesperson said the event kept 'our Wexford heritage very much alive and remembered those who made us who we are.'

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