Edward Hay’s account of the 1798 Rebellion was published in 1803 and has been the inspiration for a new book, Brothers Divided, compiled by William Sweetman, which was launched in Enniscorthy Library tonight.
The launch was performed by Bernard Browne, historian and former Chief Executive Officer of Comoradh ’98, who complimented Mr Sweetman on a fine publication that was “an honour and a privilege to be asked to launch.”
Edward Hay’s brother, John Hay was executed for his role in the 1798 Rebellion, he himself was tried and acquitted. He spent te rest of his life working as an advocate for Catholic Emancipation and acted as sectretary to the Catholics of Ireland from 1806 to 1819.
Philip Hay survived three wars and became a Lieutenant General in the British Army.
Edward Hay (ca-1761-1826) was born at Ballinkeele, near Ballymurn, a Catholic family who were large landowners and long estblished in Co. Wexford. Son of Harvey Hay, he was educated in France and Germany.
Ballinkeele House and estate was sold to the Maher family from Tipperary in 1825 and soon afterwards the old Hay home was replaced by a new house that is still occupied by the Maher family today.
Hay published a History of the Insurrection of the County of Wexford in 1803.
Hay lived in Dublin in later years and he died there on October 13th 1826, and was vuried in St. James Graveyard at Kilmainham where his headstone is still visible.
The author of the book, William Sweetman is a native of Glynn and spent his working life on the teaching staff of Wexford CBS, and he said he was dedicating his book to his great life-time friend, the late Monsignor Lory Kehoe.
There was a fine attendance at the launch where librarian Jarlath Glynn acted as master of ceremonies.
Brothers Divided by William Sweetman, hardback, 300 pages, is a companion to ‘County Wexford Trials of 1798’, published in 2013, and is available in all good bookshops.