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Commemorative walk at Cave Hill to mark 220th anniversary of United Irish Rebellion in 1798

The walk to commemorate the 220th anniversary of the United Irish Rebellion will take in Belfast's Cave Hill.
Áine Quinn

A commemorative walk will be held at Cave Hill to mark the 220th anniversary of the United Irish Rebellion on Saturday.

The walk which is being organised by Reclaim The Enlightenment (RTE), in association with the Cave Hill Conservation Campaign, is to commemorate the uprising against British rule in Ireland which lasted from May to September 1798.

People participating will meet at Belfast castle at 10am, and will walk to McArt’s Fort on the summit of Cave Hill.

John Gray, the leader of the walk and a former librarian at Linen Hall Library, said that Cave Hill was a significant location as it "lay in the heart of radical and United Irish activities from the 1770’s until 1798."

Organisers warned that everyone taking part should come prepared, with correct equipment, and in the case of bad weather, the event may be cancelled.

The event is free but people wishing to participate should notify RTE by phone at 028 90747114 by email at

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