Enniscorthy Town, Co. Wexford

Waiting for opening the Enniscorthy Castle I decided to walk through the Enniscorthy town and visit St Aidan’s Cathedral.

Enniscorthy is the second-largest town in County Wexford, located on the picturesque River Slaney and in close proximity to the Blackstairs Mountains and Ireland’s longest beach, Curracloe.

The town is overlooked by a majestic Norman Castle and under the gaze of Vinegar Hill, which was the site of the most significant battle of the Rebellion of 1798. Enniscorthy town is best known as the redoubt of the rebels of 1798 – their headquarters and last stand were on Vinegar Hill to the east of town.

Enniscorthy was also an important Norman stronghold, which is represented today by the still-standing Enniscorthy Castle which was built in the 13th century. Today the castle is home to a range of displays and exhibits on the history of the castle and the town of Enniscorthy.

The cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ferns is located in the town as well as an array of other historical sites such as the award-winning museum known as the National 1798 Rebellion Centre. It is interactive museum shows the 1798 rising of the United Irishmen, and especially their last stand on Vinegar Hill across the river.

The town has a number of historical sites and museums such as The Athenaeum on Castle St is a 1892 building hosting theatre, concerts and events, plus a small museum.

To the west of Enniscorthy town stands the Gothic St. Aidan’s Cathedral, designed by the famous English architect, Augustus Welby Pugin (1812 – 1852). Enniscorthy was founded by St. Senan in 510 AD, and celebrates over 1,500 years of history as a town.

Location of Enniscorthy Town:

Below my photos taken in April 2022.


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