Enniscorthy’s military history comes alive at Enniscorthy Castle this Easter Monday (21st April), as an array of ‘living history’ activities recall the events of the Easter 1916 Rising, and offer visitors an ‘Easter with a Difference’.
From 12 noon to 3 p.m., Irish Volunteer soldiers from 1916 will return to re-occupy the castle, and demonstrate weapons from the period such as the Lee Enfield and Mauser Rifles. There is also an opportunity to dress up in costumes from the period, see footage about the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy in Dublin, and learn in detail about the events of the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy – the only town outside of Dublin to rise during this time.
New additions to our existing 1916 exhibition include a record of the names of those who fought in 1916 in Enniscorthy, poetry of the leaders of the 1916 Rising in Dublin, and witness statements from the period, and these join the existing displays of original artefacts from the leaders of the Rising in Enniscorthy.
Why not also take part in our ‘new’ 1916 Treasure hunt, and explore the locations around the town that played an active part in the Rising. Sites include Enniscorthy Castle itself (including its bullet holes!), The Athenaeum, and Antwerp House. Afternoon tea will also be available in the Roche family drawing room for the afternoon, harking back to the time when the Roche family were asked to vacate the castle while it was occupied by the Volunteers.
For our young visitors, be sure to collect your ‘Permit to leave the town’, (required during the Rising in Enniscorthy), write a letter home from Frongoch Internment Camp, or become a reporter for the day and write a newspaper report describing the reading of The Proclamation of the Irish Republic from outside The Athenaeum. Prizes for the best letter and report!!
FREE ADMISSION PASSES to Enniscorthy Castle (valid for Easter Monday) will also be available to those who join the 1916 Wreath Laying Ceremony in Market Square at 11.00 a.m.