Enniscorthy

Enniscorthy (Irish: Inis Córthaidh) is a town in County Wexford situated on the River Slaney. It began as a Norman settlement and is now most famous for its role in the 1798 rebellion in Ireland where the odd looking and famous Vinegar Hill which overlooks the town, served as the camp and headquarters for the rebels. This was also the site of the Battle of Vinegar Hill.

View of Enniscorthy, as seen from Shannon Quay

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From Dublin, you can reach Enniscorthy by the N11 main road linking Gorey and Wexford town

It lies along the DublinRosslare railway line. See Irish Rail’s site.

  • The 1798 Centre (approximately 500 meters from the town center). Commemorates the 1798 rising against the British, and especially the last stand of the rebels on Vinegar Hill, just across the Slaney. Those long on enthusiasm and breath can climb to the top of Vinegar Hill for a magnificent view of the town. Those with just enthusiasm can drive to the top. 
  • Castle of Wexford. Dating to 1176, the castle has been changed many times over the centuries. It is the site of the County Wexford Folk Museum. 
  • St. Aidan’s Cathedral. Roman Catholic Cathedral, designed by one of the Pugin family. 

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