Enniscorthy

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Enniscorthy (Inis Córthaidh in Irish) is the third largest town in County Wexford in the Republic of Ireland. It is situated on the River Slaney in the centre of the county, 24 km north of the county town, Wexford. The town lies on the N11 road (part of European route E1) from Dublin to Wexford and on the Dublin - Wexford - Rosslare Europort railway line. People from Enniscorthy are colloquially known as "scalders".

Enniscorthy has a number of points of interest. Saint Aidan's Cathedral, designed by Augustus Welby Pugin, is a masterpiece of Neogothic architecture. It has recently been restored to his original designs. The Wexford County Museum contains a lot of 1798 rebellion-related material, as well as items of local and agricultural interest. The Museum is housed in Enniscorthy Castle, a typical Norman stronghold, in which Edmund Spenser wrote "The Faerie Queene". Vinegar Hill (Cnoc Fíodh Na gCaor in Irish), a pudding-shaped hill overlooking the town, was the place where the rebels of 1798 took their stand, before fleeing south through a gap left in the English lines by General Needham.

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