1567 – Shane O’Neill’s army crosses the Swilly estuary at Farsetmore, and is defeated in a pitched battle by Hugh O’Donnell. Many drown while trying to escape; O’Neill loses 1,300 men.

The Battle of Farsetmore was fought near Letterkenny in County Donegal, on 8 May 1567, between the O’Neill and O’Donnell Túath. Shane O’Neill, chief of the O’Neills of Tyrone, was defeated by Aodh mac Maghnusa Ó Domhnaill (Hugh O’Donnell) and the O’Donnells freed themselves from O’Neill aspirations of ruling Ulster as its King. If Elizabeth, […]

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Today in Irish History – 8th May:

1567 – Shane O’Neill’s army crosses the Swilly estuary at Farsetmore, and is defeated in a pitched battle by Hugh O’Donnell. Many drown while trying to escape; O’Neill loses1,300 men. 1597 – Execution of Fiach MacHugh O’Byrne. 1796 – John Pitt Kennedy, civil engineer; road and railway pioneer in India, is born in Carndonagh, Co. […]

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