Members of the cast of the re-enactment at the Mall, Castlebar.

Execution of rebel soldier re-enacted at Mayo 1798 festival

One the highlights of the Castlebar 1798 Festival of Music and History has taken place.

It was the re-enactment of the trial by Drumhead Court Martial of rebel Captain Timlin.

It was staged on the Mall beside the tree used for public hangings opposite the Imperial Hotel.

A big crowd turned up to watch the drama performed by local actors, Ed Scott playing the lead role of Captain Timlin and Brendan Mullins the prosecuting counsel.

Local historian Dr. Michael O'Connor also played a central role in the re-enactment which gave a revealing insight into how justice was administered 225 years ago.

The festival continued today with a wreath laying ceremony by French and Irish delegation at Frenchhill.

A second wreath laying ceremony by a government delegate took at the grave of John Moore at the Mall. I

It will be attended by Minister of State Dara Calleary, an Irish Defence Forces colour party and Castlebar Concert Band.

An outdoor concert is being held at the Mall from 1 to 7 p.m. featuring:

–Pete and Dean and Fiona Conway

–Graham Monaghan

–Futures Past

–Patrick Dexter

–John Hoban and Friends

–The Kilkennys

The Tumbling Paddies perform at the TF Royal Theatre at 8 p.m. and there is live music and events in the local pubs

The closing ceremony is being staged at 10.30 p.m. with a massive fireworks display launching from the Military Barracks.

The festival committee has reiterated its huge thanks to all of its sponsors, without whom the weekend event could not have proceeded.