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Ireland’s Wars: The End Of Shane O’Neill

When we last left the story of Shane O’Neill, the Tyrone leader had just won a rather large diplomatic victory, having faced down English armies before facing down the English monarch directly. Returning home after his momentous meeting with Elizabeth, … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: Shane O’Neill And Red Sagums

Ulster was ever a thorn in the side of the Tudors. Leinster was the easiest province to bring under sway, Munster the next. Connaught remained wild and untamed, but so divided that it lacked credibility as a serious threat to … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: The Failure Of The Geraldine League

The Earldom of Kildare had been, as a political entity, wiped out after the capture and eventual execution of Thomas FitzGerald and his uncles, with the previous balance of power in Ireland severely warped as a result. In those frantic … Continue reading

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Ireland’s Wars: A Bloody Night At Knockavoe

I mentioned in the last piece that the early years of the 16th century saw a destructive feud between the two most powerful families of Ulster dominate that part of the country. Today, I’ll talk about one of the more … Continue reading

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