Vinegar Hill plans for 225th anniversary

By Dan Walsh at Enniscorthy Municipal District meeting

This year marks the 225th anniversary of the Insurrection of 1798 and Enniscorthy Municipal District Council has plans to enhance Vinegar Hill and its surrounds ahead of commemorative events on June 21st this year.

Although details were sketchy at today’s monthly meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council, An Cathaoirleach, Cllr Aidan Browne suggested that plans for Vinegar Hill included trails for historic tours and improved signage.

Proposals were seen by the members. Cllr Cathal Byrne described plans for Vinegar Hill as “a very positive step” and believes facilities will be improved and ready to move quickly when grant schemes become available.

Cllr Jackser Owens argued for tea rooms, maybe guided tours, making the walkways on the town side of the hill wheelchair or disability friendly. He believes that Vinegar Hill has the potential to attract thousands of visitors and he compared it to tourism success in Killarney.

Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy reminded the meeting that June 21st was the 225th anniversary of the Battle of Vinegar Hill. She was delighted with the programme and felt an interpretive centre on Vinegar Hill would enhance the town.

Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan was of the view that “we need to be serious about it” when going forward with ideas and promotion of a “world class and European class” public attraction.

Director of Services, Carolyne Godkin, spoke of improving access and improving signage and she felt it could be “a huge community asset as well as a public tourist attraction.”

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