€75,000 for ’98 Rebellion 225th commemoration programme

The NATIONAL 1798 REBELLION CENTRE at Enniscorthy to host the 1798 Rebellion Summer Conference to mark the 225th anniversary of 1798.

By Dan Walsh

Wexford County Council today announced that the Planning Department has received funding support of €75,000 from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for the development of a countywide commemorative programme to mark the 225th anniversary of the events surrounding the 1798 Rebellion in Co. Wexford in the coming months.

The funding, administered through the Decade of Centenaries Historical Strand, will support some specific projects related to commemoration such as public talks, walking tours, demonstrations, and a 1798 Summer Conference in Enniscorthy as part of the extensive countywide commemoration programme. 

A local steering group has been established to oversee the funding with representatives from Wexford County Council, VisitWexford  tourism and the National 1798 Rebellion Centre.  

The significant dates for the commemorations programme are from May 26th to June 21st marking the historical anniversary of pivotal battles that took place at Oulart Hill, the Three Rocks, Wexford, New Ross, Carrigbyrne and Vinegar Hill in 1798.

Minister James Browne TD commented; “I am delighted the Department is supporting this programme of events. As an Enniscorthy native, I am delighted to see the programme will culminate with a Summer School to mark the 1798 battle at Vinegar Hill. The National 1798 Rebellion Centre will be the focus of the Rebellion Summer School with talks, walks and demonstrations and will be a key asset promoting heritage tourism in 2023”, added Minister Browne.  

Cllr. George Lawlor, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, stated; “There will be a countywide programme of events to mark this important 225th anniversary throughout the five municipal districts and we look forward to attending these.”

Wexford County Council has promised WexfordLocal.com that the programme of events will be published and will soon be available in print and on social media. 

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