Hardiman's History of Galway

Chapter 4: From 1484 to the commencement of the Irish Rebellion in 1641

Battle of Knoc-tuadh, 1504

Chapter 4

From 1484 to the commencement of the Irish Rebellion in 1641

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The town had hitherto, for a considerable time, enjoyed the blessings of peace, except the predatory attempts of the Irish may be deemed exceptions; but William de Burgo, O'Brien of Thomond, M'Namara O'Carroll and other chieftains, having in 1504 risen in arms, they suddenly invested and took possession of the town. Gerald, earl of Kildare, the lord deputy, assisted by O'Neal O'Donell and others, marched against them with a considerable force: both armies met at the hill of Knoc-tuadh, about seven miles N.W. of Galway; and although the Irish army is stated to have been the most numerous that had assembled since the arrival of the English, it was routed with dreadful slaughter; Mac William and the other leaders were taken prisoners, and the towns of Galway and Athenry surrendered. f

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