Gardai at Enniscorthy have confirmed that a mystery ‘grave’ on the slopes of Vinegar Hill contains the remains of a dog.
Hillwalkers noticed the ‘grave’ over the weekend located in a grassy area close to the main pedestrian entrance to the famous hill.
Disturbed ground was decorated with plastic flowers and a small sign saying ‘farewell’.
Some people ignored the ‘grave’ as they thought it was someone’s idea of an April Fool prank, however, an investigation by Wexford County Council staff with the help of the Gardai revealed that it was a small animal.
A spokesperson for Enniscorthy Municipal District Council said the animal will be exhumed and treated with dignity.
Vinegar Hill is a Special Protection Area and should not be disturbed in any way. It is also illegal to bury a deceased animal anywhere other than a specially designated area.
Archaeologist Dr O’Flaherty said; “Vinegar Hill is now the most important battlefield ever investigated archaeologically in Ireland,” and a recent archaeological survey identified a number of mass graves from the 1798 Rebellion.