Saturday, May 23, 2020

The Hunt for Red O’Donnell

“Spanish Archaeologists have discovered human bones in their search for the remains of Red Hugh O’Donnell, one of the great tragic heroes of Irish history...” link here to this recent story in The Irish Times.

This will be a remarkable discovery of a key figure of late 1500s and early 1600s Ulster, around whom so many totemic stories revolve.

But compare the high level national excitement, south of the border, around this potential discovery with the fact that the burial places of James Hamilton (Bangor Abbey) and Hugh Montgomery (Newtownards Priory) have been known for nearly 400 years and neither of them even has a small memorial plaque.