National 1798 Rebellion Centre

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National 1798 Rebellion Centre
Ionad Náisiúnta Éirí Amach 1798
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National 1798 Rebellion Centre is located in Ireland
National 1798 Rebellion Centre
Location within Ireland
LocationParnell Road, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland
Coordinates52°29′48″N 6°34′10″W / 52.49666°N 6.56955°W / 52.49666; -6.56955Coordinates: 52°29′48″N 6°34′10″W / 52.49666°N 6.56955°W / 52.49666; -6.56955
TypeHeritage centre
Public transit accessEnniscorthy railway station

National 1798 Rebellion Centre (Irish: Ionad Náisiúnta 1798 Éirí Amach) is a heritage centre dedicated to the history of the 1798 Rebellion located in Enniscorthy, County Wexford.


The Centre is housed within a redeveloped Christian Brothers' school. It is funded from the Operational Programme for Tourism, private donations and local fund-raising.[1]


Upon arrival the visitors crosses "the bridge of democracy" outside the building. The exhibitions cover a number of themes: pre-Revolutionary Europe, the spread of revolution, the Irish context, the United Irishmen, the chain of battles in May and June 1798, Vinegar Hill, and the aftermath of the rebellion.[1] The exhibitions include dioramas and interactive displays.[2] The Centre closed for a period, reopening in 2013, to facilitate a refurbishment of displays.[3]

It forms part of the 32 historical sites which form the Wexford Heritage Trail.[4] The Centre is leading a three-year programme to investigate the battlefield on Vinegar Hill, to identify the extent of the battlefield, locations of fighting, temporary structures, weapons, other artefacts, and the location of possible mass graves.[5]


  1. ^ a b Crooke, Elizabeth (1998). "Exhibiting 1798: three recent exhibitions". History Ireland. 6 (4). Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Vinegar Hill 'diorama' brings battle to life in 1798 centre". Enniscorthy Guardian. 23 April 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  3. ^ Keane, Brendan (18 April 2013). "Rebellion time is near". Wexford Echo. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Historical sites and attractions mark new Wexford Heritage Trail". The Irish Times. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  5. ^ Hosford, Paul (2 February 2014). "Looking for weapons, buildings and mass graves at Vinegar Hill". The Journal. Retrieved 14 June 2015.

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