‘MAKE READY, PRESENT, FIRE’
Rebels and Redcoats to take to Vinegar Hill for Massive Battle Reenactment
The fourth annual reenactment of the Battle of Vinegar Hill is set to take place at the historic Enniscorthy location this Saturday and Sunday, August 1st and 2nd and organiser’s say over 500 Rebels and Redcoats are set to take to the battlefield. This year the Battle event has joined forces with the Enniscorthy Rock ‘n Roll Town Festival and the Enniscorthy Food Festival so all three events now take place during the August Bank holiday weekend
The largest annual battle re-enactment in Ireland will offer spectators the opportunity to see pike charging Rebels and musket wielding Redcoats recreate the most significant battles in Ireland’s history, the 1798 Rebellion.
Manager of Enniscorthy Castle and the 1798 Centre Rory O’Connor says that calls of ‘MAKE READY, PRESENT, FIRE’ will be heard throughout the weekend. “Our Battle re-enactors have been practicing their drills on Vinegar Hill for the last number of months, we even had a battalion travel to Waterloo earlier this summer to participate in what was the bicentenary Waterloo Battle Re-enactment so we are well prepared to showcase the sights, sounds and smells of the 1798 Battle with pike charges, musket volleys, cavalry assaults and cannon bombardments, it will be two days filled with action offering all spectators the opportunity to live, breathe and witness a re-creation of history.”
The highlight of each day will be the staging of two full-scale battle re-enactments on view freely to the public, with the Rebels capturing Enniscorthy Town on Saturday, August 1st while the Redcoats take Vinegar Hill on Sunday, August 2nd. Visitors are invited to watch the two armies fight amidst gunfire and explosions, pike charges and cannon fire on the notorious battleground overlooking Enniscorthy.
‘Unit 21’ the young Rebel Camp is currently open for registrations, the children’s rank will be in the middle of the action and the last line of defence when the redcoats attempt to ‘take the camp’ on the Hill on Sunday, August 2nd. Joining the forces promises the young rebels a fun day out immersed in living history. If you think you have what it takes children can enlist to join the rebel forces at http://www.vinegarhill.ie
Other Rebellious events taking place over the weekend include a special wreath laying ceremony, commemorating all those who died in the 1798 Rebellion which will be held at Market Square following the Battle Re-enactment of Enniscorthy Town on August the 1st.
Members of the public both young and old can also experience what life was like for a soldier during the 1798 Rebellion at either the Crown Force Garrison in Enniscorthy Castle on August 1st or at the Rebel Camp at the National 1798 Rebellion Centre on August 1st and at Vinegar Hill on August 2nd. An Antiques Fair will also take place at the Riverside Park Hotel on August 2nd.
Each year the Battle of Vinegar Hill Re-enactment attracts thousands of spectators to Enniscorthy as the town explodes into rebellion and this year the event has joined forces with the Enniscorthy Rock n Roll Town Festival and the Enniscorthy Food Festival so all three events now take place during the August Bank holiday weekend offering locals and visitors four days of unique experiences, great local food produce and entertainment at venues across the historic town from July 31st to August 3rd.
The Battle of Vinegar Hill was the final major battle of the Irish Rebellion of 1798. Over 10,000 crown forces launched an attack on Vinegar Hill, overlooking Enniscorthy in County Wexford, which was then occupied by over 20,000 rebels and camp followers. This was the largest rebel camp and headquarters of the Wexford United Irishmen and their supporters. It marked a turning point in the Irish Rebellion of 1798 as it was the last major attempt by the rebels to hold and defend ground against the crown forces / the army of King George III. The battle was actually fought in two locations: on Vinegar Hill itself and in the streets of nearby Enniscorthy.
The Enniscorthy Food Festival
The Enniscorthy Food Festival is set to host over 50 exhibitors, showcasing an array of local produce and crafts from Wexford and beyond. Talented chefs from across the South East will cook up a storm combining classic and imaginative cooking with local and seasonal ingredients creating unique dishes with a depth of flavour. Visitors can wash all this delicious food down with tasty, locally produced craft beer and cider at the beer marquee.
Enniscorthy Rock ‘n’ Roll Town Festival
Now in its 6th year, Enniscorthy Rock ‘n’ Roll Town Festival is based on 1950’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rockabilly and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues music and attracts visitors to town from all over Ireland and across Europe. This year’s events will showcase numerous renowned national and international artists preforming in various pubs around the town throughout the weekend. Family concerts will be performed on outdoor stages in Market Square (August 1st) and Abbey Square (August 2nd) and members of the public are invited to an outdoor staging of “Grease” in Market Square on August 1st. This year’s Rock N Roll Festival will also see the return of the vintage car show will be hosted by the “Wexford Sports and Classic Car Club” and will also feature the 2nd annual All Ireland Competition for the best 1950’s Classic Car in Abbey Square Car Park on Saturday 2nd August.
For further details on the festivals see http://www.visitwexford.ie