The Battle of Kinsale

The Battle of Kinsale

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The defeat of the Irish troops in the battle of Kinsale at the end of December 1601 marked the beginning of a cataclysmic epoch in Irish history and represented the dawn of an era when the attempted eradication of everything Gaelic was set in train. Within six years of the battle of Kinsale most of the greatest Irish taoisigh (lords), including the O’Neills, the O’Donnells, their allies the Maguires, the O’Sullivans and the O’Driscolls, had been forced to leave their ancestral lordships and flee the country, in what was euphemistically called ‘the Flight of the Earls’, leaving the Irish people almost leaderless and exhausted from war and conflict.

Genre(s): History

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