Imeacht na nIarlaí / Flight of the Earls

Eamonn Ó Ciardha (Editor), David Finnegan (Editor), Marie-Claire Peters (Editor)

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The Flight of the Earls / Imeacht na nIarlaí: A compelling new study of ‘the Flight of the Earls’ co-edited by Dr David Finnegan, Dr Éamonn Ó Ciardha and Dr Marie-Claire Peters draws on an unrivalled array of original sources to provide one of the most penetrating modern analyses of the epochal historic event. It is, according to Ó Ciardha, a Senior Lecturer in the School of English, History and Politics at the University of Ulster and Gastprofessor Europaicum at the University of the Saarland, Germany (2010-2011) “the most comprehensive re-examination undertaken to date and I am confident it will be seen as a seminal contribution to understanding an event and an era that shaped the history of modern Ireland, Britain and Europe.” The ‘flight’ to Continental Europe of native Irish chiefs in 1607 led by Hugh O’Neill, 2nd Earl of Tyrone, and Rory O’Donnell, 1st Earl of Tyrconnell, heralded the demise of the old Gaelic order and the final consolidation of the English conquest of Ireland. It paved the way for the Ulster Plantation, which has defined the history of Ulster, Ireland and the British Empire. It also led to the emergence of an Irish Catholic military, religious and intellectual diaspora on Continental Europe that made enormous contributions to the martial, academic, political and diplomatic and religious life in the 17th century.Published by Guildhall Press in partnership with Donegal County Council, Éigse Cholmcille, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the University of Ulster, the limited 1,000 copy edition contains many seldom seen historical pictures as well as contemporary images by artists and sculptors, including John Behan, John Conway, Seoirse Ó Dochartaigh, Seán Ó Brogáin and Brian Vallely. It is dedicated to Dr. Brendan Bradshaw and the late Professor Breandán Ó Buachalla, two giants of early modern Irish scholarship. Substantial financial support for the project came from Donegal County Council, along with contributions by Derry City Council, Éigse Cholmcille, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and the University of Ulster.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherGuildhall Press
Number of pages300
ISBN (Print)ISBN 978-1-906271-32-9
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 23 Mar 2011


  • Plantation
  • Irish Diaspora
  • Politics
  • Religion
  • Identity
  • Early Modern Irish
  • British and European History
  • War
  • Rebellion
  • Seventeenth century


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