Enniscorthy Municipal District in conjunction with Wexford County Council invites you to attend the 99th anniversary of the 1916 Rising in Enniscorthy. The annual Easter Monday commemoration which has been held in Enniscorthy for almost the last 50 year will take place on 6th April 2015 and pave the way for the next years Easter 2016 Centenary celebrations.
Enniscorthy is remembered as the only town outside of Dublin to rise in Easter 1916. For four days the town was controlled by local Irish Volunteers and Cumman na mBan members, while the tricolour flew over the Athenaeum. Meanwhile, a second column of Volunteers began proceeding northwards to relive their beleaguered comrades in Dublin, liberating the villages of Ferns and Camolin in the process. Enniscorthy also holds the accolade of being the last location in Ireland to surrender on Easter 1916, only doing so after receiving direct orders from proclamation signatory Padraig Pearse.
This year’s Easter Monday Commemoration begin at 10am with a commemorative mass celebrated in St. Aidan’s Cathedral. Following mass a 1916 parade led by members of the Irish Defence Forces will assemble at St. Aidans Cathedral, march through the town and finish Market Square. The sacrifices and significant achievements of all Wexford people who fought in the 1916 rising will be remembered with a special ceremony in Market Square. Events include, reading of The Proclamation, sounding the Last Post, playing the National Anthem and laying wreaths in memory of all Wexford people who participated in the 1916 Rising.
Following the ceremony re-enactment groups from all across Ireland will converge on Market Square to re-create a 1916 era Battle. Re-enactors dressed in Irish Volunteers and Cumman na mBan uniforms will lead an assault on an RIC Barracks defended by members of the Royal Irish Constabulary. Spectators will experience the sights and sounds of battle as history comes to life on the streets of Enniscorthy and is an event not to be missed.