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Towns in County Wexford.


(Ennis river meadow.)

Enniscorthy takes its name from a tribe of people the Corthaige, who lived in the area in the 4th and 5th century 'island of the Corthaige'. . It was settled by St Seanan during the 5th century. The Normans built a castle here in 1205. In the 16th century it was given to the poet Edmund Spenser in reward for the poem 'The Faerie Queen'. The castle is now a Historical and Folk museum.

Vinegar Hill near the town was the scene of a famous battle in the 1798 rebellion, when the rebels used a ruined windmill as a makeshift fort and held out for nearly a month. Spectacular views are to be had from the hill top.




In 1831 the Tithe war was raging in Ireland, a confrontation between yeomenary and local people took place in Newtownbarry, resulting in fourteen people losing their lives.