Patricia. Fall of the Gaelic Lords.
, by Éamonn
De Búrca for Edmund Burke Publisher, 2008. pp. x, 192. Illustrated. Fine
in illustrated d.j. €29.50
period in Irish history is quite so full of drama, heroism and tragedy as
the eighty-odd years from the mid 16th to the early 17th centuries: the
age of the fall of the Gaelic lords. This intriguing and moving narrative
recounts the passing of Gaelic Ireland when the Tudor Crown sought to
subdue the island and the Irish chiefs defended their ancient territories
and way of life.
in 1534 with young Silken Thomas' defiant stand at the gates of
, it tells the story of Red Hugh O'Donnell's capture and escape, the rise
of the Great Hugh O'Neill and the bloody Nine Years War culminating in the
Battle of Kinsale, and finally, the Flight of the Earls.
with details from The Annals Of The
Four Masters and other contemporary accounts, Fall Of The Gaelic Lords is a lively intelligent book aimed at both
the historian and general reader.
Kilroy was born in
in 1925. As one of the daughters of Seán Lester, who would become the
last Secretary-General of the League Of Nations, she spent most of her
childhood in The Free City Of Danzig and in
. She studied Modern History and Political Science in Trinity College
Dublin. She then worked with the Irish Red Cross, settling refugees from
who had been displaced during World War II. After marrying and while
raising her four children, her interest in history continued to grow.
Family holidays in
sparked her interest in local history, and talking with the people of the
area, as well as academic research, led to the publication in 1989 of The Story Of Connemara. That book focused on a small part of
, and covered from the Ice-Age to the present day; after which she felt
she would like to cover the whole of
, whilst focusing on one period in time. And so Fall Of The Gaelic Lords was researched and written. Patricia lives