A Community Relives its History

The National 1798 Centre

Ireland’s National 1798 Centre provides a lasting memorial to those who lost their lives in the Rising of 1798.

Displays combine film, interactives, audio-visual, sculptural and graphic elements as visitors explore the international origins of the Rebellion, its manifestations across Ireland and its climax in Wexford.

A highpoint of the displays is a dramatic four screen re-enactment of the Battle of Vinegar Hill.

Four hundred local men and women, without acting experience, volunteered to recreate the battle on the hill itself over two wintry November days.

The resulting presentation is memorable, moving and powerful. It leaves the audience in no doubt as to why local associations with 1798 are strong to this day.

Project type

Heritage / Visitor Attraction

Scope of works

  • Interpretative Planning
  • Exhibition Design and Creative Direction
  • Graphic Design
  • Media Direction

Scale

1700m2

Location

Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Programme

1996 - 1998

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‘Event has told a complex and emotive story, helping the Centre to achieve international recognition, securing its long term future. ’

Bernard Browne
Administrator, National 1798 Visitor Centre