Wednesday, December 13, 2017

the Flight of the Earls

I came across this disk when I was walking one day in Killybegs.  It was located just off the main street.  It commemorates the 400th anniversary of Flight of the Earls in 1607.

The Flight of the Earls 1607
Rathmullan, Co Donegal, September 14th 1607

The small fishing town of Rathmullan in County Donegal witnessed a key event in Irish history - the end of the old Gaelic order. From this spot in 1607 a small ship left for Spain. On board were the chieftains of some of the leading Gaelic families of Ulster, including the O'Donnells and the O'Neills. Those chieftains who could not live with the new English order sought refuge with England's main enemy, with the hope either of making a new life for themselves, or of living to fight another day. How did they come to be here, and why did they leave?

In one final attempt by the old order to reverse the tide of English power a decade or so earlier, an army was organised by Hugh O'Neill, chief of Tir Eoghain, and Red Hugh O'Donnell, chief of Donegal. They began a series of battles with the English which came to be known as the Nine Years War. After strenuous efforts on their part, the Gaelic chieftains secured a promise of support from the leading continental power of the day, Spain. To meet up with the Spanish army, however, O'Neill's and O'Donnell's force had to march the length of the country to Kinsale on the south coast. There they fought and lost the landmark Battle of Kinsale, which ended the old Gaelic political and cultural system. Red Hugh made his way to Spain to try to inject new life into the alliance but died in the Castle of Simanacas a little over a year after Kinsale. He was succeeded as chieftain by his brother Rory.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017

watch out

Some of the snow and sleet gathered on the roofs began sliding off last night.  You have to be careful  where you walk.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017

what's cooking

a cat we see around the neighborhood showed up when supper was being prepared last week.  He's looks well taken care of and we don't know where he comes from.  He just shows up occasionally around the same time and he's a very friendly cat.  People tend to let their cats hang outdoors, we have seen that a lot.  When we had cats, they were always kept inside, it's safer that way and they didn't seem to care.