Following the tremendous success of this year’s Vinegar Hill battle re-enactment, on site at Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, we are delighted to announce that battle will again take place again next year over he August Bank Holiday weekend 2014. We are presently recruiting brave pikemen and women, so don't hesitate to contact us on
+00 353 53 92 37596.
This year's re-enactment saw over 200 rebels and redcoats reliving one of the most pivotal events in Irish history, and events throughout the town attracted over 7,500 spectators. Joined by professional re-enactors from Ireland, England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, the re-enactments in the town and on the battlefield were a major success.
Saturday 3rd of August saw the Rebel encampment at the National 1798 Rebellion Centre, Millpark Road, Enniscorthy. Rebel commanders were on the lookout for talented young pike men and women to train before the ensuing fight. While the Blacksmith was on hand, shoeing horses, making pikes, swords and other weapons for the upcoming battle.
The Crown Forces were garrisoned at Enniscorthy Castle, and demonstrated infringement punishments - including flogging - to the watching crowds.
The highpoint of the day was the skirmish between the Rebels and Redcoats at 1pm around the Duffry Gate which recreated the insurgents’ capture of Enniscorthy Town (28th May 1798).
On Sunday both forces amassed all their strength at the Fair Green at 1pm and paraded through the town on their way to Vinegar Hill for battle at 2pm. Both armies engaged in a pitch-battle amidst gunfire and explosions, pike charges and cannon fire. A spectacle that if you missed it this year, you should not miss it next!!
If you are interested in joining us in battle next year, please let us know, and also look through our drilling and uniform manuals below - they are vital to your survival on the field!!!