The Flight of the Earls: Imeacht na nIarlaí

Edited by David Finnegan, Marie-Claire Harrigan and Éamonn Ó Ciardha
Guildhall Press, Derry, 2010, xxvi + 302 pp.

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The Flight of the Earls/Imeacht na nIarlaí remains one of the most poignant and intriguing episodes in Irish history. As with much of Ireland’s past, it has been remembered differently by various political and religious communities. Until recently, its focus has been very much centred upon the records of the Dublin administration, but the essays in this volume offer far greater analysis of the native Irish and European contexts.

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'Introduction', David Finnegan and Éamonn Ó Ciardha

'Why did the earl of Tyrone join the flight?', David Finnegan
'Christopher St Lawrence, ninth baron of Howth: conspirator and informer', V. McGowan-Doyle
'Winners and losers: Bishop George Montgomery and Sir Cathair O’Doherty', Henry A. Jefferies
'"More with miracles than with human strength": Florence Conry and the outcome of calls or renewed Spanish military intervention in Ireland, 1603-1609', Benjamin Hazard

'Cuntas Thaidhg Uí Chianáin ar Imeacht na dTaoiseach as Éirinn, 1607-08', Nollaig Ó Muraíle
'Imirce na n-uaisle Ultacha, 1607', Marcas Ó Murchú
'"A garden in the very centre of Christendom": the earls' sojourn in the duchy of Lorraine', Mary Ann Lyons
'French policy and Irish emigration, 1607', Éamon Ó Ciosáin
'Flight of fancy: journeying into the miraculous', Patricia Palmer
'Tadhg Ó Cianáin's Imeacht na nIarlaí as European pilgrimage', Clare Carroll

'Facts and fabrications: the earls and their Ulster ancestry', Brian Lacey
'An Leabhar Eoghanach: clabhsúr leabhar a mhuintire', Malachy Ó Néill
'"Saint Patrick blesh vs": Captain Thomas Stukeley, textual quirks and the Nine Years' War', Kevin De Ornellas
'Craobhsgaoileadh Chlainne Suibhne: the story of MacSweeney Fanad', Áine Ní Dhuibne
'A dynastic nation? Re-thinking national consciousness in early seventeenth-century Ireland', Brendan Kane
'The view from Scotland: the Scottish context to the flight of the earls', Alison Cathcart
'What if the earls had landed in Spain? The 1607 flight in the Spanish context', Óscar Recio Morales
'Galileo Galilei, Robert Bellarmine and Peter Lombard', Ernan McMullin
'Early-modern Catholic self-fashioning "Spanish style": aspects of Tadhg Ó Cianáin’s Rome', Míchéal Mac Craith
'Roman religious and ceremonial music in the time of the earls', Noel O’Regan

'Exempt from the authority of the earl: the failure of the second-rank nobles of Tír Chonaill in post-flight County Donegal', Darren McGettigan
'Anocht is uaigneach Éire', Breandán Ó Buachalla
'Gan tuisle gan teibeadh: gnéithe de litríocht na Gaeilge sa tSeachtú haois déag', Diarmuid Ó Doibhlín
'Foinsí Gaeilge Leath Chuinn: fuinneog ar an phlandáil', Máire Nic Cathmhaoil
'"… the false and crafty bludsukkers, the Observauntes": "… na súmairí bréagacha beartacha: na Obsarvataigh"', Mícheál Mac Craith
'The survival of the Catholic Church in Ulster in the era of the flight of the earls and the Ulster Plantation', Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin
'Heroines or victims?: The women of the flight of the earls', Jerrold Casway
'Irish prisoners in the Tower of London: prerequisites for plantation', John McGurk
'After the flight: the impact of plantation on the Ulster landscape', Annaleigh Margey
'The flight of the earls and the origins of modern diasporas', Patrick Fitzgerald

'The earls in popular memory', Vincent Morley
'The flight of the earls in Irish traditional music', Adrian Scahill
'Memorialising Gaelic Ireland: the curious case of the Ballyshannon fragments and the Irish monuments at San Pietro in Montorio, Rome', Elizabeth FitzPatrick
'The flight of the earls on-screen', John Gibney
'Imeacht na n-iarlaí: ó na hAnnála chun an scáileáin', Antaine Ó Donnaile


"Vincent Morley's exploration of 'the way in which the earls were remembered in the eighteenth century' ... stands side by side with Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin's account of the survival of the Catholic church in Ulster in the early seventeenth century as a model brief essay."

James Kelly, Studia Hibernica, 38 (2012).