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The centre traces the Rebellion of 1798 in Ireland, together with revolutionary events as they happened throughout Europe and the United States of America. The 1790's was a pivotal decade in the evolution of modern Ireland and the '98 Rebellion was one of the defining moments of that decade. The story is told through a dramatic, inter-active multi-media experience which involves, entertains and educates the visitor. One of the highlights of this exciting display is a breathtaking 3D simulation of the Battle of Vinegar Hill.


At the entrance of the Centre the visitor crosses over tbe "bridge to democracy" - linking historical events in Ireland with Europe and elsewhere. It is the beginning of an exciting journey which goes to the heart of a revolutionary decade - the 1790s.

Age of Enlightenment

The story commences with an examination of thc European model of the "Right of Kings" and moves on to illustrate the introduction of the Age of Enlightenment. It explains the underlying discontent which led to upheaval sweeping Europe and Ireland.

The Rights of Man

The enginc driving this turmoil was popular democracy. "The Rights of Man" by Thomas Paine was at the vanguard of this change with its opposition to the Divine Rights of Kings. The arguments for and against change are debated and are related to the Irish experience.

The Ulster Room

Ulster was central to the introduction of the Age of Enlightemnent and provided a crucial link between Arnerica, Scotland and Ireland. The visions of the United Irishmen are detailed together with the reaction of the groups who feared revolution and detachment from the British Crown.

Counter-Revolutionary Reaction

A life-sized chessboard format is used to interpret the complex powergame played out at the time on rnany levels. The outbreak of war between Britain and France and the attempted landing of the French in Bantry Bay in 1796, together wirh the activities of the United Irishmen, heightened fears which led to the establishment of the Orange Order.

Wexford in 1798

The scale and success of the United Irishmen's Wexford Rebellion, with its military and constitutional phase, is told through a fascinating audio-visual presentation.

The Battle of Vinegar Hill

The Battle of Vinegar Hill is recreated on a breathtaking scale. A giant curved screen overlooks a 3D simulation of Vinegar Hill. Thc viewer stands among the pikemen on the hillside as the day's events unfold.

The Aftermath

The course of the revolution is followed after Vinegar Hill, including the French campaign in Connacht, thc capture and death of Wolfe Tone and the final defeat of the rebels.

The International Legacy/Music Room

The role played by the 1798 émigrés who fled to France, Australia, South America, Canada and the United States are depicted on exciting interactive screens. Their political legacy is illustrated up to the present day. A music room is provided for the visitor to listen to the music and songs of 1798.

History of the History

"The history of the history" deals with the historiography of the revolution in a fresh and stimulating way. It will also help make the visitor aware that the view being presented is itself an interpretation.

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The unique state-of the-art National 1798 Visitor Centre is located on the banks of the scenic river Slaney at Enniscorthy. The National Centre uses multi-media technology in a family-friendly atmosphere to tell the fascinating heroic tale of the United Irishmen and the 1798 rebellion. Enniscorthy has all the ingredients to make your family stay a memorable one. This award-winning centre has been two hundred years in the making! Opening times: April - December 1998 9.30 am - 6.30 pm daily Admission: Adult £4.50 Student & Senior Citizen £3.50 Family Ticket £12.OO Location: 500 metres from Enniscorthy town centre
For further details contact Bernard Browne, Administrator, National 1798 Visitor Centre, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland. Tel: +353 54 33540 Fax: + 353 54 35115 email: 98com@iol.ie

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AK 19th September 1997