A to Z of Historical Blunders: Episode 15

The O’s have it

Welcome to the A to Z of Historical Blunders, the show that reminds us about the dangers of history repeating itself.

This week, our dial will oscillate between the Flight of the Earls and the first half of the 19th century. 

In September 14th, 1607 Hugh O’Neill, Earl of Tyrone, and Rory O’Donnell, Earl of Tyrconnell left Ireland’s shores for good. The event is commonly known as The Flight of the Earls and those who took part in the flight became known as the “Noble Ninety-Nine.” According to McCavitt in The Flight of the Earls, this event began the “lost leader syndrome” in Irish history. Two hundred and forty years later, another ‘lost leader’ would die in Geneva on his way to Rome, the final address, incidentally, of O’Neill and O’Donnell. Neither the Earls nor the King of the Beggars would set foot in Ireland again, but they could not have known this when they embarked on their journeys.

Guests this week are Derek O’Brien and Michael Carragher

The article on which this episode is based can be read here.

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