Sign of the times
Emily Murphy from The Ballagh taking part in a protest at the 1798 Centre on Saturday.
A PEACEFUL protest took place outside the National 1798 Rebellion Centre in Enniscorthy at the weekend aimed at highlighting the concerns people have over any future proposal that Wexford County Council has with regard to selling the centre.
At the most recent meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council, members were informed by officials that an agreement had been reached with regard to selling the centre, subject to approval at the next full meeting of Wexford County Council. However, in the interim, and following a strong campaign against the sale of the centre, the local authority decided to pull back from the sale and withdraw the centre from offer.
Ray Murphy, from Enniscorthy Historical Re-Enactment Society said the members had planned to protest at the centre to highlight their concerns about the planned sale.
However, even with the local authority deciding to withdraw the centre from sale, Mr Murphy said the society members decided to go ahead with their protest anyway.
‘We decided to go ahead with it anyway because it’s something we feel strongly about,’ said Mr Murphy.
The protesters dressed in period costume which gave the event an even greater significance.
‘I suppose we just want to keep pressure on the council that they don’t make a decision to sell the centre again,’ he said.
‘We were given to understand that the deal to sell off the ‘98 centre was withdrawn [prior to the protest] but we will continue to protest to make sure that the general public are made fully aware of what is happening to the ‘98 centre and be informed if it is being transferred to another location in advance or should it come up for sale again,’ said Mr Murphy.
Society members participate in a range of re-enactment events throughout the year with the majority of them focussing attention on the events of 1798, in particular Vinegar Hill which is one of the most historically signifi
Members and supporters of Enniscorthy Historical Re-enactment Society holding a protest outside The National 1798 Rebellion Centre on Saturday.