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Thursday 15 November 2018

Duncannon invaded for military re-enactment

Elaine FURLONG

THOUSANDS OF people descended on historic Duncannon Fort over the Bank Holiday weekend for the most successful Military Re-enactment show ever. Now in its sixth year, the Military Re-enactment is one of the area's greatest attractions and this year record crowds from all over Ireland packed into Duncannon Fort to witness 31 military re-enactments and one large battle take place.

Organised by the Munster Military Vehicle and Re-enactment Group, the exciting event took over Duncannon Fort on both Saturday and Sunday.

Re-enactors from the Roman times through to the present times took part along with military vehicles from a number of different armies and eras and military veterans.

Medieval Archers together with local Dunbrody Archers performed an archery display and medieval foot soldiers were present, while several Irish War of Independence battles were fought during the two days.

The American War of Independence was also represented, with the American Civil War troops both Union and Confederate on display and they reenacted life during the American Civil War of the 1860's.

World War 1 troops hosted a living history display of what it was like during the 1914-1918 Great War, while the WW2 German Army of Battle Group South tried to land and control events, but the American 101st airborne advanced from the west and put up a last ditch defence.

Throughout the weekend there was also a big air soft display from many groups from all over Ireland.

However, the future of the show is now under consideration for next year. Show organiser Joe O'Toole said this is due to funding issues and support from Wexford County Council.

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