Hundreds Sign Up to take part in Re-enactment of ‘Battle of Vinegar Hill’ this Weekend

Hundreds Sign Up to take part in Re-enactment of ‘Battle of Vinegar Hill’ this Weekend

The second annual reenactment of the Battle of Vinegar Hill is set to take place at the historic Enniscorthy location this Saturday and Sunday (August 3 and 4).

 

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According to organiser’s hundreds of members of the public have registered to take part in this years battle where they will take to the famous Vinegar Hill as Irish Rebels with professional re-enactors as Redcoats from Ireland, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland to re-enact history scenes from 1798.

Commenting on the upcoming event Jacqui Hynes, Manager at the 1798 National Rebellion Centre said, “We are delighted to the huge number of calls and emails we have had since we announced details of the battle four weeks ago and we’re looking forward to large crowds taking part in the battle and thousands of spectators enjoying the historic scenes over the weekend.”

On Saturday August 3 a Rebel encampment will take over the grounds of the National 1798 Rebellion Centre in Enniscorthy with Rebel commanders on the lookout for talented young Pikemen and women to train before the ensuing fight. The Blacksmith will also be on hand, shoeing horses, making pikes, swords and other weapons for the upcoming battle and demonstrating the age-old skills.

The Redcoats will commandeer Enniscorthy Castle and demonstrate infringement punishments such as floggings. The Redcoats will be revealing their battle plans to their fellow Generals and the public the day before the battle commences. The highpoint of the day will be a skirmish between the Rebels and Redcoats at 1pm at Duffry Gate to Market Square which will recreate the insurgents’ initial capture of Enniscorthy Town in 1798.

On Sunday August 4 both forces will amass their strength at the Fair Green at 1pm and parade through the town on their way to Vinegar Hill for battle at 2pm. Visitors are invited to watch the two armies fight amidst gunfire and explosions, pike charges and cannon fire on the notorious battleground overlooking Enniscorthy. 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 June 21 was an engagement during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. Over 10,000 crown forces launched an attack on Vinegar Hill, 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 Battle of Vinegar Hill was the pinnacle of this Rebellion, and was the last major battle on Irish soil.

See visitwexford.ie for further details.

ENDS –July 30, 2013.

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Redcoats and Rebels take to the hill in preparation for the upcoming Vinegar Hill Battle reenactment over the August bank holiday weekend – photograph Patrick Browne

For further information, to arrange an visit or an interview contact Ann Power 086 3065588 or email ann@powerhousepr.ie

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