Cathal Brennan and John Dorney discuss the start of the great convulsion of mid seventeenth century Ireland. First broadcast on the Irish History Show.
On October 23, 1641, a small group of Catholic rebels converged on Dublin and various fortified points in Ulster. They intended to seize power in Ireland, in the name supposedly of King Charles and to enforce Catholic demands for a rollback of religious discrimination and land confiscations of the previous 40 years.
Unwittingly they set off a brutal many sided conflict in which up to a third of the Irish population had perished by 1652.
Here we discuss the outbreak of the rebellion and its many-sided and tragic consequences.