04/08/2013. FREE TO USE IMAGES. Vinegar Hill Battle. Pictured at Vinegar Hill, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford at the re-enactment Battle of Vinegar Hill 1798. Pictured are the Redcoats firing on the Pikeman. Picture: Patrick Browne
Crowds Climb Vinegar Hill for Battle
Over 200 hundred Pikemen and women took on the 100 strong crown forces atop the famous Enniscorthy Battle site of Vinegar Hill today (Sunday August 4) to re-create historic scenes from 1798.
A crowd of approximately 5,000 spectators looked on from safeground as muskets, pikes,cannons and swords were at the ready.
While the rebels were doomed to defeat in the re-enactment as they were in the original battle, organizer of the re-enactment and Manager of the 1798 National Rebellion Centre Jacqui Hynes explained that on this occasion, the town of Enniscorthy was the real winner. ' We are delighted with the number of people who have joined us on the Hill today to enjoy this re-living of Irish history. It’s been a great weekend, we had Pikemen camping at the 1798 National Rebellion Centre and the Redcoats take over Enniscorthy Castle yesterday asthey prepared for today’s battle, they both had lots of curious visitors so it’s been a fantastic weekend for the town.”
The Battle raged on the Hill entertaining the masses for an hour after both forces marched from Enniscorthy town centre to the battleground. The massive crowdassembled was enthralled as around 100 cavalry and infantry redcoats advanced on a force of over 200 pikemen gathered on the hill.
Last month details of the the battle reenactment were unveiled and a call-out for volunteers to take part as Pikemen was announced, over 200 members of the public signed up as Irish Rebels and professional re-enactors acted as Redcoats travelling to Enniscorthy from all over Ireland, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland to re-enact history scenes from 1798.
The original Battle of Vinegar Hill was fought on June 21 was an engagement during the Irish Rebell