In 1998 we organised a pageant depicting events from the 1798 Rebellion on a very wet Pattern Sunday, July 19th, which was attended by over 1,000 pikemen from Counties Carlow, Kilkenny, and Wexford.
The commemoration started with a Pageant and Parade from Glynn to the graveyard in St. Mullins led by a colour party and bands from New Ross and Graiguenamanagh.
The Pageant consisted of people on horseback depicting historic heroes from our past followed by pikemen from neighbouring counties led by the St. Mullins pike group.
All assembled at the grandstand for the Chairperson’s welcoming address. The Secretary read the Roll of Honour of the St. Mullins men who took part in the 1798 Rebellion. Concelebrated Mass, with chief celebrant Bishop Ryan, took place at the Penal Altar and was followed by a homily on behalf of the Church of Ireland by Rev. P. Mooney, commending the good relations that now exist between both faiths. This was followed by joint prayers for the success of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland.
A commemorative plaque was unveiled and a wreath laid while the Last Post was played by the late Mr. Tom Walsh, the last surviving member of the 1948 Commemoration Committee. Then Wexford historian Nicholas Furlong gave an oration on the 1798 Rebellion and launched the Bicentenary Booklet Souvenir Booklet (which sold out).
Presentations were made to all dignitaries present following by the Chairman’s closing address. Refreshments were served to all in a large marquee on the Green.