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Bunclody

Bunclody, formerly Newtownbarry, is a small town on the River Slaney in Wexford, Ireland. It is a picturesque town near the foot of Mount Leinster. Most of the town is in County Wexford; a small area at the north end of town is in County Carlow. Bunclody has continually received high scores in the Tidy Towns competition. The R746 regional road intersects the N80 in the middle of the Bunclody.The town is well known for the Eileen Aroon Festival during the months of July and August.NameDuring the 17th century, the name of the town was changed from Bunclody to Newtownbarry, but was reverted to its original name in the 20th century, following Irish independence. The change was made official by a local government order in 1950.HistoryAlthough a hamlet already existed here, Bunclody was raised to the status of a post town in 1577 by alderman James Barry, sheriff of Dublin.The town was the scene of the Battle of Bunclody, a bloody repulse of Wexford rebels during the 1798 rebellion.In the 19th century, a small canal was made, drawing water from the Clody river, to provide drinking water for the townsfolk. The canal still flows along the middle of the town's main street. During the Tithe War, 1830 - 1836, 'Newtownbarry' was the scene of a clash between locals and the officials of the Crown. Locals had become enraged the seizure of property by the police and army to pay for the Protestant Episcopal polity. According to James Connolly, "twelve peasants were shot and twenty fatally wounded".
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