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 On this day 28 May in Irish History

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PostSubject: On this day 28 May in Irish History   Thu May 29, 2008 11:53 pm

28 May 1798: That morning the Wexford insurgents, amounting to several thousand people, marched northwards to Camolin. By the middle of the day they were in Ferns and by the early afternoon they had reached the outskirts of Enniscorthy and by this time numbered up 7,000 people. The garrison that opposed them at Enniscorthy was supplied with small arms but had no artillery and numbered only about three hundred men. The rebels were without artillery too and mostly carried pikes and homemade weapons but they stormed the town successfully and drove the garrison southwards toward Wexford Town. Enniscorthy was left more or less a blackened ruin. As a result the United Irishmen made Vinegar Hill, just to east of the town their headquarters.
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PostSubject: Re: On this day 28 May in Irish History   Thu May 29, 2008 11:55 pm


1205 - King John makes Hugh de Lacy Earl of Ulster
1666 - The Act of Uniformity confirms Guy Fawkes' day (5 November) as an anniversary, and adds 30 January (execution of Charles I) and 29 May (the Restoration)
1722 - Birth of James Fitzgerald, 20th Earl of Kildare; Duke of Leinster; politician and Lord Justice
1884 - Oscar Wilde and Constance Lloyd are married
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