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Search in Spain for the remains of our national hero Red Hugh O'Donnell

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Spanish archaeologists are currently searching for the remains of the legendary Red Hugh O'Donnell who died in Spain in 1602.

An informative report about the search now underway in Valladolid, Spain is set out in the Donegal News and is worth a read


According to the report in the Irish Times


'O’ Donnell, who was born in 1572, was according to a contemporary observer known not only by the “report of his beauty, his agility, and his noble deeds, but as a sworn foe to the Saxons of the Pale”.

He and his father-in-law Hugh Mor O’Neill, who between them controlled large parts of the north of Ireland, started the Nine Years War to drive the English out of Ireland. It began so promisingly in 1593, but eventually ended in defeat following the siege and then the Battle of Kinsale in late 1601 and early 1602.


He went to Spain 'where he hoped to again enlist the help of the Spanish king Philip III' to send another army to Ireland.

O’Donnell died en-route to Valladolid, a city in northwestern Spain, in July 1602 at the early age of thirty and legend has it that he was poisoned by an English spy although this has not been conclusively proven .

Donegal News reports 'According to Hispano-Irish Association member Carlos Burgos the high regard in which the king held The O’Donnell 'saw him honoured with a burial in which his body was transported in a chariot and was accompanied by a royal procession from the Royal Palace, in the Plaza de San Pablo up to the monastery of San Francisco.'

According to the Annals of the Four Masters

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His body was conveyed to the King's palace at Valladolid in a four-wheeled hearse, surrounded by countless numbers of the King's state officers, Council, and guards, with luminous torches and bright flambeaux of beautiful wax-light burning on each side of him. He was afterwards interred in the monastery of St. Francis, in the Chapter precisely, with veneration and honour, and in the most solemn manner that any of the Gaels had been ever interred in before. Masses, and many hymns, chaunts, and melodious canticles, were celebrated for the welfare of his soul; and his requiem was sung with becoming solemnity.'


I hope that they locate Red Hugh's remains and they are repatriated by the State and accorded the appropriate national honours due him.
 

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They made a film about him in the 60's

Not much of a film downplaying entirely the naked injustices and hatreds that Protestants exhibited toward every Irish catholic of the time.
No mention either of the massive state supported land thefts carried out by Protestants during the Ulster Plantation.
 
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Just read this on Gript 5 minutes ago and was about to do a thread

- but you beat me to it!

Anyway hopefully they will strike lucky & discover his remains ( ala Richard III)

- and his skeleton can be returned to his Homeland in Donegal for re- internment.
Catalpa, you have put up some great historical OPs on this site, given your interest. No doubt you will put up many more!

I don't know what if anything schoolchildren today learn about our national heroes but I can still recall what we learned in primary school about Red Hugh and the loss of toes from frostbite!

Ironically, this is what those searching hope to use as an identifying marker if they find more remains.
 

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Just read this on Gript 5 minutes ago and was about to do a thread

- but you beat me to it!

Anyway hopefully they will strike lucky & discover his remains ( ala Richard III)

- and his skeleton can be returned to his Homeland in Donegal for re- internment.
There will be no appetite for such, his re-burial in Dún na nGall would create a true nationalist shrine and rallying point untainted by the troubles or current toxic liberalism, not convenient for a quisling administration !!!!
 

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There will be no appetite for such, his re-burial in would create a true nationalist shrine and rallying point untainted by the troubles or current toxic liberalism, not convenient for a quisling administration !!!!
Reburial should it occur will not happen in Dún na nGall [Fort of the Foreigners] but in Irelands capitol Dublin city.
We must await the departure of the half Indian Irish "Taoiseach" who knows nothing about these pivotal events in Irish history and could not care less.
 

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Piece on the matter on RTE Radio 1 'News at 1' today at 00:37:25 into the programme.

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Lip service.
Those bastards in RTE will seek to demonize Red Hugh for being a catholic .
Its just a matter of time.

Heres the RTE narrative.
Irish Catholics fought Protestants for political control.
War is bad.
Therefore religion is bad.
But catholics should know better.
Hence subtext : Catholics are actually worse than Protestants.

Lets forget the whole thing , shall we and move forward together.
 

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Catalpa, you have put up some great historical OPs on this site, given your interest. No doubt you will put up many more!

I don't know what if anything schoolchildren today learn about our national heroes but I can still recall what we learned in primary school about Red Hugh and the loss of toes from frostbite!

Ironically, this is what those searching hope to use as an identifying marker if they find more remains.
Never thought of that but its certainly a marker to watch out for....
 
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