Hilda points out the battlefield just across the road, surely no different today then when hundreds of men, some carrying pikes, others armed with muskets, clashed in bitter conflict. The battle was short and one sided with accounts suggesting anything from 16 to 60 Defenders perishing and no casualties on the other side, partly the result of the advantageous positioning of the Peep o’ Day Boys at the top of the hill.
Hilda now walks into the far room of the little cottage. After the battle ended a few men, including Dan Winter, James Sloan, who owned an inn in nearby Loughall, and James Wilson of the Dyan in County Tyrone, met here to urgently discuss a long term solution to the enduring conflict.
Hilda points to the chair where one of these men sat as they debated what would become the formation of an organisation dedicated to defending Protestants. It would become known as the Orange Order and would play a huge part in the ensuing events that would help shape the island of Ireland.
But that is for another story, for the men decided it was too dangerous to remain at the cottage and Wilson and Sloan journeyed to Sloan’s Inn in Loughall, where they met a Captain of the Dublin Militia to help further their aims.
You too may continue this story at Sloan’s House, just a few minutes drive away.