‘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.

The Routes

YOU are invited to participate in this momentous occasion, by taking part in a stage of the journey. All routes will be marshalled, with car parking provided.


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 2km)



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)

Project Brochure:


Click on the image to download a copy of the overall brochure

which details exact starting times, locations, public safety information etc :

Get Involved:

Families, individuals, community groups, schools, sporting organisations, active retirement groups, scouts and guides etc are all encouraged to attend. For further information please contact Michael or Aileen by phone on 087 6470247/087 7552593 or by email at micfortune@gmail.com or aileenlambert@gmail.com

Each route is staged and timed to suit people of all abilities. You can also find out more on our facebook page.


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. 


Left Image: James Gleeson (centre) with his bike that he used to travel from Gorey to Ennsicorthy to take part in the Rising in the town in 1916.

Centre: Eddie Gethings, Ferns (friend of James) looking at the old photo on Michael’s phone as he leans on the bike belonging to James.

Right Image: Máire Deegan (right) with her bike that she used to cycle to the GPO from Askamore in North Wexford in Easter Week. Máire stayed in the GPO following this cycle and travelled to Dublin with a dispatch tied up in her hair bun


This project has been devised by artists Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune and is inspired by the journeys undertaken by men and women from County

Wexford during The 1916 Easter Rising. This project is part of Wexford County Councils contribution to the Irish Government’s Centenary Programme.

Compiled and designed by Lambert and Fortune, Feb. 2016


A Community Walking and Cycling Event

from five locations to

Abbey Square, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Easter Monday the 28th of March, 2016

In time for the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations