Lament for Maurice FitzGerald, on of the Knight of Kerry, by Piers Ferriter

In this extract from Piers Ferriter’s long Lament for the son of the Knight of Kerry, written in the 1640s, there are significant references to other branches of the Geraldines besides the Knights of Kerry, for example the Knights of Glin and the Earl of Desmond. The goddess Aine (in the name Knockainy) appears. ‘Royal … Continue reading Lament for Maurice FitzGerald, on of the Knight of Kerry, by Piers Ferriter

Eustace Chapuys was Spain’s Ambassador to England. He hoped for a Spanish invasion. In 1534 he wrote the following: “(The Earl of Desmond has) two or three very strong castles (and) more strongholds from which to do harm to the English residing in Ireland than any other lord in that island … (he) can at … Continue reading

John O’Sullivan with Bonnie Prince Charlie to Scotland

John O’Sullivan was a native of South Kerry – where,  we are not sure. He became the  favourite military organiser of Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) during  the Prince’s invasion of Scotland in 1745, which is the subject of the contemporary document presented below. The ’45 was the third attempt, at least, to forward … Continue reading John O’Sullivan with Bonnie Prince Charlie to Scotland