The Battle of Vinegar Hill
The Battle of Vinegar Hill

On 21 June 1798 over 15,000 British soldiers launched an attack on Vinegar Hill, just outside the town of Enniscorthy. The battle is part of one of the most significant events in Ireland’s history – the 1798 Rebellion.  It marked a turning point in the rebellion, as it was the last attempt by the rebels to hold and defend ground against the British military.

In August 2014 I photographed the annual re-enactment of the battle. I was interested in the idea of a village spectacle which brings the current inhabitants face to face with the narrative of their past but also the geographic relationship between the town and the nearby hill. 

This story is part of a larger ongoing body of work looking at customs and spectacle in Ireland.  

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The Battle of Vinegar Hill
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The Battle of Vinegar Hill

On 21 June 1798 over 15,000 British soldiers launched an attack on Vinegar Hill, just outside the town of Enniscorthy. The battle is part of one of the most significant events in Ireland’s history – the 1798 Rebellion.  It marked a turning point in the rebellion, as it was the last attempt by the rebels to hold and defend ground against the British military.

In August 2014 I photographed the annual re-enactment of the battle. I was interested in the idea of a village spectacle which brings the current inhabitants face to face with the narrative of their past but also the geographic relationship between the town and the nearby hill. 

This story is part of a larger ongoing body of work looking at customs and spectacle in Ireland.  

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