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Rebellion Day will take place at the National 1798 Centre in Enniscorthy.

Rebellion Day will take place at the National 1798 Centre in Enniscorthy.

The National 1798 Rebellion Centre will play host to Rebellion Day on June 19.

The National 1798 Rebellion Centre will play host to Rebellion Day on June 19.

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Rebellion Day will take place at the National 1798 Centre in Enniscorthy.

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THE National 1798 Centre in Enniscorthy will launch its inaugural Rebellion Day on Sunday, June 19.

The event will take place from 12 noon to  4.30 p.m. and will be held on the grounds of the centre on Parnell Road.

Speaking about the initiative Deputy Manager of the centre, Eve Furlong, said: “This community, family afternoon acknowledges the efforts of locals in the fight for Irish independence over many centuries and in particular, in June of 1798.”

Ms Furlong said the aim of the initiative will be to celebrate our history and how far we've come in terms of peace in addition to showcasing the facilities and what’s on offer to visitors in the centre

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In association with Enniscorthy Re-Enactment Society the National 1798 Rebellion Centre is also putting out a call for all County Wexford 1998 Banners to join go along on the day and represent their communities.

Local re-enactment organiser, Ray Murphy, commented on that aspect of the day’s programme of activities and said: “Re-enactment societies are actively recruiting new members and we will have sign-ups on the day. Members have the opportunity to pay homage to our past heroes and participate in commemorations and re-enactments throughout the year.”

He said the Enniscorthy Re-enactment Society will set up camp in the gardens of the 1798  centre and added: “Watch out - there may even be a few shots fired!”

The days events will also include music and exhibitions while Gorey blacksmith, Liam Christie, will be on hand to demonstrate the making of a forged iron pike like the ones used by the rebels in 1798.

Live music will be provided by The Wild Turkeys who will perform live trad sessions throughout the afternoon.

A spokesperson for the organisers told the Enniscorthy Guardian there will be lots of activities and attractions on site to keep all members of the family entertained throughout the afternoon.

“Bring the dads and granddad's and make a day of it with Jack's Burgers, kids activities by Red Moon, and stalls to include crafts and fresh strawberries,” she said.

National 1798 Rebellion Centre tour guide, Derek Meyler, will be performing two weapons demonstrations during the day during which he will be showcasing the types of weapons used by both sides of the conflict during the battle of Vinegar Hill.


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