Chronology of the Important Events during the 1798 Rebellion in County Wicklow

By Joan Kavanagh

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23 May           

Rathdown and Talbotstown Wicklow rebels participate in surprise night attack on Ballymore Eustace. Others probe outskirts of Dublin City from Rathfarnham and retreat when challenged.

24 May           

Talbotstown rebels clash with garrisons of Stratford-on-Slaney and Baltinglass. At least 43 prisoners shot dead or hanged in Dunlavin. Local leader Thomas Kavanagh betrayed and executed in Baltinglass.

30 May           

Newtownmountkennedy partially destroyed in major attack by Newcastle and Ballinacor North rebels. Devil’s Glen burned by the army in brutal mopping up operation. Inmates of Newtown’s guardhouse executed.

31 May           

Over 20 persons massacred around Newtownmountkennedy by the Ancient Britons and local yeomen. Rebel camp at Blackmore Hill near Blessington abandoned after attack by Sir James Duff’s forces. New camp formed at Clohogue.

1 June             

Over 40 United Irish prisoners shot dead in Carnew Ball Alley.

9 June             

Battle of Arklow. Ballymanus Division suffer heavy losses in day long battle of considerable strategic importance.

17 June           

Army reconnaissance of Mount Pleasant challenged after which the village of Tinahely was burned.

21 June           

Ballymanus Division engaged at Enniscorthy during the battle of Vinegar Hill. William Byrne succeeded by his brother Garret. Rathdrum yeomen massacre civilians at Aughrim.

25 June           

Combined Wicklow forces destroy Hacketstown.

30 June           

Ambush of 200 Ancient Britons and Fifth Dragoons at Ballyellis, near Carnew.  Failed attack on Carnew garrison.

2 July              

Nineteen yeomen killed in a clash with rebels on Ballyrahan Hill near Tinahely.

19 Sept           

Rebels capture and partially burn Aughrim.

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