Walking Tour of Ardagh
Ardagh Preservation Society
St Patrick's Church of Ireland, Ardagh, Co. Longford
25 August, 2pm - 3:30pm
Talk and slide show presentation by Doug Lucey on Sir James FitzGerald of Desmond, captured 4 Aug 1580 by the Muskerry MacCarthys at the 'Battle of Mullinhassig', during the Second Desmond Rebellion.
Cattle raiding was an ancient Irish pastime. On 4 August 1580, Sir James FitzGerald of Desmond was captured during one such such raid against the MacCarthys of Muskerry. His force was annihilated and Sir James was imprisoned, only to be later executed at Cork. Learn about a somewhat forgotten figure of Irish history, he being a half-brother of the Earl of Desmond and also a leading figure of the Second Desmond Rebellion, whose downfall came at the 'Battle of Mullinhassig' in mid-Cork.