99 Earls?

So farewell youse boys and girls
Another bloody flight of Earls
Our best assest is out best export too

I'm sure some of you are familar with the WOlfe Tones' song quoted above where the loss of young people to emigration is compared to the 1607 "Flight of Earls" where many leading Irish patriots were forced to flee to the continent. History has told us that 99 survived the journey but recent research suggests that this may in fact not have been the case. Next year will see a major documentary on the subject as we approach the 400th anniversary of the Flight of Earls. Certainly something to ponder and look forward for those interested in Irish history.

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