‘Wexford Remembers 1798’ is holding a day of activities in Enniscorthy on Sunday, June 4th, 2023 to mark the 225th anniversary of the 1798 Rebellion…
The day’s events will begin at 10:30 am when local historian Owen Dunbar will host a walking tour of Vinegar Hill. This will be followed by the archaeologist Byron Jones giving a detailed explanation of the 2017 survey and dig of the battlefield site. A poetry reading and the playing of a lament by an uilleann piper will close off the Vinegar Hill element of the day. Those attending this event will meet at 10:30 am in the Vinegar Hill car park.
The second event of the day, which will take place at 12:45 pm, will see a commemorative wreath laid at the Croppy Boy / Father Murphy statue in Market Square, Enniscorthy.
The third and final element of the day will see Dr Kerron Ó Luain, the author of ‘Rathcoole and the United Irish Rebellions, 1798 – 1803‘, give a public talk on the 1798 Rebellion in the Wexford Farmers Club on Mill Park Road, Enniscorthy. This event will begin at 1:30 pm.
Speaking in relation to the day’s commemorative events, Gary O’Brien, from ‘Wexford Remembers 1798’ told Wexford Weekly that:
“These events will commemorate the thousands of men, women and children, who gave their lives for what was then a new ideal – an Irish Republic inspired and supported by the French Revolution. A Republic which united Catholic, Protestant and those with no religion.”
“The rank and file on the Republican side were mainly made up of the urban and rural poor who had the most to gain from revolutionary change – the people who Wolfe Tone described as ‘the men of no property’.”
“It is very important that the current generation of Irish citizens keep alive the memory and the sacrifice of those who died so that we might all be free. Wexford has a unique history when it comes to the 1798 Rebellion, something which all of the people of Wexford should be immensely proud of,” Gary said.
Wexford Remembers 1798 have invited everyone along to all of their family-friendly events on Sunday, June 4th.
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