By Dan Walsh
The inaugural Rebellion Day takes place next Sunday from noon until 4.30pm in the grounds of the National 1798 Rebellion Centre at Enniscorthy and the organisers are hopeful of a large attendance and promising an action-packed afternoon of activities suitable for all the family.
Deputy Manager Eve Furlong told WexfordLocal.com; “This community family afternoon acknowledges the efforts of locals in the fight for Irish independence over many centuries and, in particular, June of 1798. We hope to celebrate our history and how far we’ve come in terms of peace along with showcasing our facilities and offering in the 1798 Centre”.
The National 1798 Rebellion Centre, in association with the Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society, is calling for all County Wexford 1998 Banners to join them on the day and represent their communities.
Local Re-enactment organiser, Ray Murphy, says: “Re-enactment societies are actively recruiting new members and we will have sign-ups on the day. Members have an opportunity to pay homage to our past heroes and participate in commemorations and re-enactments throughout the year. The Enniscorthy Re-enactors Society will set up camp in the gardens of the National 1798 Rebellion Centre on the day. Watch out – there may even be a few shots fired!”
Gorey blacksmith, Finín Liam Christie, will be on hand to demonstrate making a forged iron pike, while The Wild Turkeys provide live traditional music sessions throughout the afternoon. Bring the Dads and Granddad’s and make a day of it with Jack’s Burgers, kids activities by Red Moon and stalls to include crafts and fresh Strawberries. National 1798 Rebellion Centre Tour Guide, Derek Meyler will perform two weapons demonstrations during the day showing the weapons used on both sides during the Battle of Vinegar Hill to remind us of the valiant efforts made, against the odds.
The Centre will be open for tours from €5 between 12-5pm, so if you haven’t been in to see the exhibition or it has been a while, come show your support and see inside some local interactive history. The Café will be open for coffee, tea, cold drinks, and snacks with the toilet facilities available to all.