Backroads to the Rising is a community walking/cycling event devised by artists Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune inspired by the journeys undertaken by men and women from throughout County Wexford during the 1916 Easter Rising. They are currently seeking interest from individuals, groups and communities from across the county to take part either by walking or cycling one of the five routes to converge on the town on Easter Monday morning in time for the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations.
YOU are invited to participate in this momentous occasion by taking part in a stage of the journey.
There are three options which you can choose from:
The CYCLE (5 different routes, on average 25km in length)
The LONG Walk (5 different routes, on average 12km in length)
The SHORT Walk (5 different routes, on average 2.5km)
The FIVE ROUTES are:
1 - The Seamus Rafter Route: Ballindaggin to Enniscorthy (cyclists starting in Bunclody)
2 - The Séan Etchingham Route: Ferns to Enniscorthy (cyclists starting in Gorey)
3 - The Lar Redmond Route: Oulart to Enniscorthy (cyclists starting in Kilmuckridge)
4 - The Úna Brennan Route: Oilgate to Enniscorthy (cyclists starting in Wexford town)
5 - The Philip Lennon Route: Clonroche to Enniscorthy (cyclists starting in New Ross)?
Families, individuals, community groups, schools, sporting organisations, active retirement groups, scouts and guides etc are all encouraged to participate.
Each route is staged and timed to suit people of all abilities. You can also find out more on our facebook page "Backroads to the Rising" or on the project website www.backroadstotherising.com
To download the complete programme and maps, please visit the website or facebook page, while hard copies are available from libraries throughout County Wexford.
This project is inspired by the journeys which the men and women involved in the Rising made in the days leading up to, during and following Easter 1916 in Wexford. These include journeys which survive in local oral history such as the journey of a young Lar Redmond of Morriscastle, Kilmuckridge who set off on his bike with a shotgun and a handful of cartridges to cycle to Enniscorthy; or the journey of Paul Galligan who cycled with the news from Dublin that the Rising was on; to the countless men and women who walked the roads and fields, spreading the word to neighbouring Ferns, Camolin, Blackwater, Ballindaggin and Bunclody. This project aims to create a communal collective memory through the process of walking and create a means of remembering and articulating our past and imagining our future. The event is for whole communities, old and new, young and young of heart, for people of the place and visitors alike; all are beckoned to join in this shared experience.