ON THIS DAY: 4TH SEPTEMBER 1607 : THE FLIGHT OF THE EARLS

After being beaten by the English in 1603 following the nine years war, Aodh Mór Ó Néill, Earl of Tír Eoghan and Rudhraighe Ó Domhnaill, Earl of Tír Conaill (both Irish Gaelic Lords), and about ninety followers left Ulster for Europe, seeking to secure support from the Spanish and others to free Ireland.

It was the beginning of the end of Gaelic culture, customs and laws.

Ó Néill and Ó Domhnaill never returned. The subsequent plantations of Ulster had long lasting consequences still felt to this day.

 

Picture depicts Irish Gaels and was created sometime in the 16th century