In the footprints of Wexford history

By Dan Walsh

A centenary series of “War of Independence and Civil War Tours in County Wexford” is taking place in the coming weeks. Talks will be given by Barry Lacey, Historian-in-Residence at Wexford Libraries focussing on events and incidents that occurred in Bunclody, Enniscorthy, Wexford, Gorey and New Ross between 1916 and 1923.

The War of Independence and the Civil War were pivotal periods in the history of Ireland that shaped the country as we know it today!

During October and November, Barry Lacey will be exploring both periods via a series of walking tours through the towns of the county. Many of the streets, roads and buildings people pass everyday were scenes of various incidents and events during the revolutionary period. The aim of these walks is to create an awareness of what occurred locally during this era.

Each tour will take approximately one hour, starting at 10:30am sharp from the entrance of each respective library branch. Advanced booking is required and can be made by contacting the relevant library.

DATES AND LOCATIONS OF THE WALKS;

BARRY LACEY, Historian-in-Residence, Wexford Public Libraries

Saturday, October 16; Bunclody.

Saturday, October 23rd; Enniscorthy (War of Independence Focus).

Saturday, October 30th; Enniscorthy (Civil War Focus).

Saturday, November 6th; Wexford.

Saturday, November 13th; Gorey.

Saturday, November 20th; New Ross.

If you wish to book a place on any of these tours, please contact each library directly:

Bunclody Library: 053 9375466

Enniscorthy Library: 053 9236055

Wexford Library: 053 9196760

Gorey Library: 053 9483820

New Ross Library: 051 421877

Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy commented; “As Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, I am happy to be offering free historical walking tours of our towns. By exploring events that happened one hundred years ago in each town, Barry (Lacey) will raise awareness of Wexford’s involvement in the events that shaped the formation of the State. Wexford’s rich history is for everyone.”

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