Remembering Hugh O'Neill, 1616-2016
Fostered in the Pale after his father’s murder on Shane O’Neill’s orders, Hugh O’Neill, c. 1550-1616, 2nd earl of Tyrone, is portrayed alternately as charismatic, Machiavellian, a ruthless opponent, a skilled negotiator, a power seeker par excellence, an innovator. He died at Rome on 20 July 1616. On the four-hundredth anniversary of the passing of the last of the earls, our seminar assessed O’Neill ─ the man, his milieu, Ulster in the 1600s, his many battles and his ultimate capitulation.
This Library Seminar, in association with the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, took place at Academy House on Thursday 1 December.