Rare 1916 Enniscorthy 1st Battalion flag 'flying again'

By David Tucker

Published 12/01/2016 | 00:00

Display of conserved and restored Enniscorthy 1st Battalion flag in the Wexford County Council on Monday afternoon with council members
Display of conserved and restored Enniscorthy 1st Battalion flag in the Wexford County Council on Monday afternoon with council members

A historic and unique Enniscorthy 1st Battalion flag, one of the few associated with the 1916 Rising to have survived outside Dublin, has been restored after four months of painstaking conservation work.

The county council said the restoration of the flag was a fitting tribute to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising in County Wexford this year.

The flag formed part of the Wexford County Museum collection in Enniscorthy Castle for a number of decades. It was in poor condition, having been on long-term open display, and it had suffered some surface and ingrain soiling and discolouration as a result of exposure to light. The original toggle and hanging rope were still intact.

The flag was authenticated by textile conservator Rachel Phelan from Dublin who was then given the task by Wexford County Council of restoring this important artefact to its original condition.

Following almost four months of painstaking conservation work, the Enniscorthy Battalion Flag has now been completely restored and the finished product stitch-mounted to a padded board for display purposes. Representing one of the very few flags associated with the 1916 Rising to have survived outside of Dublin, the Enniscorthy 1st Battalion flag is a unique heritage item from thihy s significant period in County Wexford's history.

The flag will be framed to conservation standard shortly and will be a prominent feature in the new 1916 Exhibition which will open in the Athenaeum in April this year.

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