get underway for the re-enactment of
the 1798 Battle of Saintfield taking
place this Saturday at 4.30pm in the
village — speculation locally is the
Presbyterians will win again.
PRESBYTERIAN rebels will take on the Crown
forces once again as the United Irishmen Rebellion is remembered
in Saintfield this weekend.
The Liberty Days Festival, organised this
year by York Island Arts and Heritage Association in
co-operation with The Saintfield Town Committee will be
returning for the fourth year of the festival tonight (Friday).
The festival opens with traditional folk
music in The Parish Church Hall Main Street at 7.30pm tonight
(Friday) featuring The Little Family folk group, supported by
The Heart of Down Highland Dancers from Ballynahinch, Wilson
Burgess Ulster Scots Poet and Storyteller and Miss Rachel
Johnston, Tap Modern and Lyrical Dance. The festival marks the
events surrounding The Battle of Saintfield in 1798 and draws
together all sections of the community in a programme of music,
dance, poetry and re-enactment. Saturday is the main Festival
Day in Lower Main Street, beginning at noon. The
highlight will be the appearance of The North Irish Dragoons
Cavalry re-enactors, The York Fencible Regiment, The 52nd
Oxfordshire light Infantry re-enactors, and the Saintfield
United Irishmen all in period costume. At 4.30pm the armies will
muster in Main Street before moving to Gerry Lowe's farm. on
Windmill Road for the reenactment of the Battle, the only 1798
battle lost by the Crown forces.