Oulart Hill, Tulach a' tSolais

Oulart , Co. Wexford

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About Oulart Hill, Tulach a' tSolais

Oulart Hill, Tulach a' tSolais in Oulart, Co. Wexford.

Oulart Hill was the location of a battle between Irish rebels and a detachment of militia sent from Wexford Town that took place on the 27th May 1798.

At the time North Cork militia who were notorious for their brutality had been posted to Wexford Town in an attempt to quell insurgent activity in the county. An incident on the 26th May at the Harrow, Boolavogue resulted in a skirmish between Irish rebels and a patrol of yeoman in which two were killed. 110 North Cork militia and 20 yeoman were ordered north of the county to crush the growing rebellion.

On the 27th May, they encountered 1,000 rebels occupying Oulart Hill. A battle ensued, the militia were ambushed and the yeomen fled the scene. 106 milita were killed, 1 yeoman and 6 rebels. Following the victory, almost all of North Wexford joind the rebellion while Crown forces and loyalist gave up control of the countryside and withdrew to towns such as Wexford, Enniscorthy and Gorey. The victory at Oulart Hill led to the establishment of the Wexford Republic however it was short-lived as three weeks later the rebels suffered a crushing blow at Vinegar Hill.

A national monument, Tulach a' tSolais (Mound of Light), was constructed on Oulart Hill to commemorate the bicentenary of the 1798 rebellion.




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