Enniscorthy at standstill for erection of 16-metre spire

By David Tucker

Published 12/03/2016 | 00:00

A computer-generated depiction of what the new monument at Enniscorthy's Abbey Square will look like.
A computer-generated depiction of what the new monument at Enniscorthy's Abbey Square will look like.

enniscorthy's new 16-metre 'Spire' which will become the focal point of the town's 1916 Centenary celebrations was lifted carefully into place in Abbey Square on Thursday night.

The illuminated 'Spire', what the council are officially calling a flagpole, was built by Pat Kent and his crew from Kent Engineering and was lifted into place by JP Murphy Brothers, Farm and Industrial Buildings Ltd. Barmoney, Ballyhogue.

Pat Kent was there in person in Abbey Square and with him John Murphy and his brother Pat, directors of JP Murphy Bros, whose cranes and lifting equipment, hoisted the structure from the horizontal into the vertical making it an instant beacon or landmark for all to see.

Following the Easter Monday wreath-laying ceremony, a huge Patriot's Flag, measuring 6m X3m, will be raised by a members of the Defence Forces at the illuminated obelisk, symbolising Enniscorthy's long-standing claim as the first town to fly the Tri-colour when, on March 7, 1848, a flag of green, white and orange was carried in a parade from the town to nearby Vinegar Hill.

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