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The O’Neill


Thomas Kilroy

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The O’Neill, Thomas Kilroy’s first stage play, was written in 1966. It dramatizes the fate of Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone (c.1540-1616), whose defeat by the English at the Battle of Kinsale in 1601 led to the final dissolution of the ancient Irish order of government and the Plantation of Ulster.

‘What call had you coming here thinking to change us? We have our ways, our laws, and our language, the same as the English have, and we’re proud of them . . .’

Kilroy fixes his gaze on the relationship between colonist and native as he considers some of the most traumatic events in Irish history with reverberations into the present day. ‘History will not be able to tell the difference between us.’

Year Published: 1995
Details: 80pp
ISBN HBK: 978 1 85235 164 9

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