Plan to attract 30,000 tourists
A HIGH fence should be erected around Vinegar Hill, pictured below, to allow a flock of goats to graze the old battle field. And the stump of the old windmill should be transformed into a room commemorating all of those who died in the area during the disturbances of 1798.
These are just two of the suggestions contained in a report tabled for consideration by urban councillors at their meeting on Monday night. Barntown-based consultant Ronan O'Flaherty also wants to see a € 500,000 makeover of the National 1798 Centre to make it more commercial and more appealing to youngsters.
His report on how to bring 30,000 tourists a year to Enniscorthy has been circulated to councillors. The Wexford People has seen sections of the document, which suggests a € 1m investment in tourism.
Most of the money would be spent on a refurbishment of the National 1798 Centre, from where visitors could be brought up to the top of the hill in shuttle buses. And the report also calls for changes to Enniscorthy Castle, just a few months after the refurbished building was opened to the public.
However, the most controversial aspect of the plan is the proposals for Vinegar Hill.