#OTD in 1592 – Red Hugh O’Donnell, son of the Earl of Tyrconnell makes a dramatic escape from the Record Tower and returns to Co Donegal and the leadership of his Clan.

Red Hugh O’Donnell, son of the Lord of Tyrconnell made a dramatic escape from the Record Tower on the 6th June 1592. He returned to Co Donegal and assumed leadership of his Clan. He united with Hugh O’Neill, the head of the confederacy of Ulster Chieftains, and began a major campaign of open revolt against […]

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#OTD in 1601 – The Battle of Kinsale: Hugh O’Neill and Red Hugh O’Donnell are heavily defeated by Mountjoy.

If any one single battle of Ireland’s Nine Years War was pivotal in nature, it is the Battle of Kinsale. Kinsale is a sleepy little port town in the southeastern portion of the country. Through tactical blunder, it became the focus of a battle that would permanently destroy Ireland’s hopes for independence during this time […]

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#OTD in 1601 – Battle of Kinsale.

The Spanish forces arrived in Kinsale, Co Cork in September 1601. However, their army was much smaller than the Irish leaders had hoped for. In spite of this, the Irish were in a good position at the onset of the battle. Red Hugh O’Donnell persuaded a more cautious Hugh O’Neill to attack the assembled English […]

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#OTD in 1602 – “Red” Hugh O’Donnell dies in Simancas, Spain; evidence suggests he was poisoned by an English spy.

Red Hugh O’Donnell (Aodh Ruaidh Uí Dhomhnaill) is one of the most famous heroes of Ireland. He was viewed as the fulfilment of an old prophecy, and was imprisoned as a boy by the English who saw him as a threat. He escaped from Dublin Castle in 1591, in company with the sons of the […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 10 September:

World Suicide Prevention Day – “Working Together to Prevent Suicide” 1315 – Battle of Connor: Major victory for Edward the Bruce in his invasion of Ulster. 1602 – “Red” Hugh O’Donnell dies in Simancas, Spain; evidence suggests he was poisoned by an English spy. 1649 – Oliver Cromwell seizes Drogheda. 1763 – The Freeman’s Journal […]

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#OTD in 1504 – Battle of Knockdoe/Battle of Axe Hill

The Battle of Knockdoe took place on 19 August 1504 at Knockdoe, in the Parish of Lackagh, Co Galway, between two Anglo-Irish lords—Gerald FitzGerald, Earl of Kildare, the Lord Deputy of Ireland, and Ulick Fionn Burke, Lord of Clanricarde—along with their respective Irish allies. The cause was a dispute between Maelsechlainn mac Tadhg Ó Cellaigh, […]

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#OTD in 1592 – Red Hugh O’Donnell, son of the Earl of Tyrconnell makes a dramatic escape from the Record Tower and returns to Co Donegal and the leadership of his Clan.

Red Hugh O’Donnell, son of the Lord of Tyrconnell made a dramatic escape from the Record Tower on the 6th June 1592. He returned to Co Donegal and assumed leadership of his Clan. He united with Hugh O’Neill, the head of the confederacy of Ulster Chieftains, and began a major campaign of open revolt against […]

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#OTD in 1601 – The Battle of Kinsale: Hugh O’Neill and Red Hugh O’Donnell are heavily defeated by Mountjoy.

If any one single battle of Ireland’s Nine Years War was pivotal in nature, it is the Battle of Kinsale. Kinsale is a sleepy little port town in the southeastern portion of the country. Through tactical blunder, it became the focus of a battle that would permanently destroy Ireland’s hopes for independence during this time […]

Read More

#OTD in 1601 – Battle of Kinsale.

The Spanish forces arrived in Kinsale, Co Cork in September 1601. However, their army was much smaller than the Irish leaders had hoped for. In spite of this, the Irish were in a good position at the onset of the battle. Red Hugh O’Donnell persuaded a more cautious Hugh O’Neill to attack the assembled English […]

Read More

#OTD in 1602 – “Red” Hugh O’Donnell dies in Simancas, Spain; evidence suggests he was poisoned by an English spy.

Red Hugh O’Donnell (Aodh Ruaidh Uí Dhomhnaill) is one of the most famous heroes of Ireland. He was viewed as the fulfilment of an old prophecy, and was imprisoned as a boy by the English who saw him as a threat. He escaped from Dublin Castle in 1591, in company with the sons of the […]

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