1798 Presentations

Over the summer months the staff of the 1798 Rebellion Centre are organising a number of free one-hour presentations, examining various aspects of the 1798 Rebellion. These talks will all take place in the National 1798 Rebellion Centre, Mill Park Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. Refreshments will be provided. All Welcome.


Wolfe Tone: From Reformer to Revolutionary by Mary Brickley – Wednesday  July 25th 7:30pm 

Mary’s presentation will examine how Wolfe Tone evolved from a reformer to a revolutionary. By 1795, Tone had become disillusioned with reform efforts and he now believed that radical non-constitutional measures were required to reduce English influence in Irish affairs. In the years leading up to the outbreak of the 1798 Rebellion, Tone was involved in negotiations with the French government. He successfully secured French support for an armed uprising against English rule in Ireland. Tone became a heroic figure in Irish Nationalism due to the immense contribution which he made to Irish politics in the 1790’s and his role in the 1798 Rebellion. His legacy acted as an inspiration to future generations of Irish revolutionaries.


The Battle of Vinegar Hill from an eyewithness perspective by Rory O’Connor

– Wednesday 29th August 7:30pm

Rory’s presentation will offer a new insight into the battle of Vinegar Hill while detailing the timeline of the battle from eyewitness accounts from a Rebel, Redcoat and civilian perspective. This talk will examine the key elements of the battle from a military point of view but also examine the human impact of the brutality of war. Eyewitness accounts used in this presentation will include United Irishmen leaders: Thomas Cloney and Miles Byrne; Crown Force Personnel: General Gerard Lake,  Archibald McLaren and William Kerr and from a civilian perspective Jane Barber and Alicia Pounden.



The men behind the Republic – by Derek Meyler – Wednesday 25th September 7:30pm 

Derek’s presentation will examine the council which was established in County Wexford during the summer months of 1798. A number of historians maintain that this council was in fact the establishment of a Republic in County Wexford. The council was made up of eight men, four Catholics and four Protestants. Catholics members included: Edward Hay, Ballinkeele; Robert Carty, Birchgrove; Robert Meyler, Gurteenminogue; Edward Kearney, Wexford town. Protestants members included: Beauchamp Bagenal Harvey,  Bargy Castle; William Hatton, Clonard; Matthew Keogh, Wexford town and Nicholas Gray – Whitefort. Derek will outline the origins of this council, it’s decisions and a short biography of it’s members, a number of whom were executed following the suppression of the Rebellion.