The Rebels and the Redcoats will take to the hill with their pikes and muskets at 2pm on Sunday, August 5. Local pikemen will join seasoned re-enactors from Kildare, Cork, Belfast and Scotland to re-create the battle of Vinegar Hill at 2.00 p.m. on Sunday, 5th August. Led by pipers and leaders on horseback, they will march through the town as one large group, departing from the town centre of Enniscorthy at 1pm.
According to Jacqui Hynes, Manager at the 1798 National Rebellion Centre in Enniscorthy, “The group will split into their ‘sides’ at the old bridge, the rebels continuing up Shannon Hill, while the redcoats will proceed along the Oulart Road. They will meet again on the battlefield under Vinegar Hill. The crown forces will also include cavalry and three cannons to launch their assault on the hill.”
The Battle of Vinegar Hill, which was fought on 21st June, was an engagement during 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.
A series of ‘living history’ events will also take place in the town over the weekend. Life as an 18th century redcoat will be showcased at Enniscorthy Castle on Saturday, August 4 while at the 1798 National Rebellion Centre the life and story of a ‘Pikeman’ will be showcased along with the traditional skills of a blacksmith making pikes and shodding horses.
Further information on all events see http://www.visitwexford.ie