Sign of the times

Enniscorthy Guardian - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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