Vinegar Hill – the longest day commemoration

A lone piper leads the pikemen onto Vinegar Hill this evening for the annual 1798 commemoration event.

By Dan Walsh at Vinegar Hill

June 21st 2022 – the longest day of the year- and the 224th anniversary of the Battle of Vinegar Hill was remembered with dignity and ceremony this evening.

Jimmy Cooper (piper) led the Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society members in period dress along the lane leading to the hill where a few speeches were delivered.

The speakers included Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy, Chair of the National 1798 Rebellion Centre, Sean Doyle, also a member of the Centre committee and Cllr Cathal Byrne, Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council in one of his final duties in the position as the annual general meeting happens next Monday.

Also in attendance were Deputy Johnny Mythen, Cllr Aidan Browne, Leas-Cathaoirleach Enniscorthy Municipal District Council, and Cllrs Kathleen Codd-Nolan, John O’Rourke and Jackser Owens.

Newly elected Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Cllr George Lawlor attended and made his own piece of social history by performing a beautiful rendition of Boolavogue, and not to be out done, Enniscorthy singer and re-enactor Tim Corrigan was equally brilliant singing The Croppy Boy.

CLLR BARBARA-ANNE MURPHY, Chair of the National 1798 Rebellion Centre Committee, speaking at Vinegar Hill this evening.

Newly installed Administrator at St. Aidan’s Cathedral, Fr Tom Dalton, was joined by Rev. Leslie Crampton (retired) representing Rev. Canon Nicola Halford, who is enjoying her holidays, from the Church of Ireland who spoke with inspiration and a prayer.

Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy and Emily Murphy, grand-daughter of the Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactor Society founder Ray Murphy, both laid wreaths at the information plaque. Derek Meyler recited some history and acted as master of ceremonies and the ceremony, which was open to the public, ended with Jimmy Cooper playing the National Anthem on the pipes.   

New Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council CLLR GEORGE LAWLOR speaking with DAN WALSH on Vinegar Hill this evening.

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