HARNESS HORSES - STANDARDBREDS - PACERS - TROTTERS
The Hunter Valley - New South Wales - Australia.
Standardbred Yearlings 2003 - 2013
Shazzally Shazam (Aust)
1603 AD - 2
January 7th: During the night the remaining followers of Donnell "Cam" O Sullivan attempted the first crossing of the River Shannon with 30 crammed into the large boat, who lead the remaining horses behind them, while the small boat constructed by the O Malley's containing only 10 people overturned with all on board being drowned. Despite this individual terrifying result at their first attempt at crossing, by daybreak, they were to nearly have most of their fighting men across to the western side of the River, into the Connacht Province. Thomas Burke and 40 of their other men had remained behind on the eastern side in the Munster Province, with their pikes and muskets at the ready if they should have to protect the women and the other civilians. The Dal Cuinn Ui Maine Mac Egans then attacked those who were still behind in Munster, and the women with no other alternative, who were still there and frightened, fled into the safety of the river where they too drowned. Eventually Thomas Burke and his men were able to drive the Mac Egans off, killing 15 of them, including Donough Mac Egan, the son of Cairbre mac Egan. Thomas Burke then launched his boat, which was overloaded, and it too sank near the bank where some of the occupants were cable of making it back to the shore, while others who could actually swim, made it across the river, and the rest of them just fled in terror of losing their lives. Thomas Bourke then relaunched his boat, but the Dal Cuinn Ui Maine O Maddens, whose territory was only a few mile away, also bordering on the Burkes, were waiting on the western side in Connacht to attack them also. This now meant that Donnell "Cam" O Sullivan and his surviving followers then had to fight their way across the Earl's Plains / Machaire an Iarla, to reach the safety of the woods at Killimor, which was 8 mile further on. On arriving there they came upon a small village from which the residents had fled, and where they found further sustenance.
January 8th: Donnell "Cam" O Sullivan's followers now had 80 of their fighting men out in front of the group and 200 more at the rear, with the remaining women and civilians in the middle, and they then proceeded on towards Aughrim in Co. Galway in Southern Connacht, having by this time already lost 120 of the 1,000 people who had joined in originally since they had left Glengarriff. (Near here was the Meelick Weir where Co. Galway, Co. Offaly and Co. Tipperary come together in the centre of the River Shannon). They then passed on through Brackloon, (which was still in the territory of the Ui Maine O Maddens), to Clonfert. (St. Brendan had originally been set up there, with over 3,000 students attending his monastery there, but it too that had previously been taken over during the confiscation of the Catholic Church Institutions by Henry V111, and been reconstructed into a Church of England Episcopalian Cathedral). From there they moved on towards Killimor Bridge, and Aughrim passing by Lismanny House, (which is now also a ruin), and also Clontuskert Abbey.
January 9th: what was now left of the remaining O Sullivan followers camped at Killimor, which was still 12 miles out of Aughrim and they only had 280 of their fighting men left to protect them.
Meanwhile, a large
English Military force led by
already waiting to attack them at
Each Druim (The Ridge
of the Horse),
men out in front, seeing them waiting ahead
of them, panicked and retreated back to the main group, and
O Sullivan told them
all to "fight for their lives,"
while he led them off into the safety of the nearby woods, where they tried to gain further shelter from the
English forces head on attack. As they fled, the
English Military forces bore
down on them, killing a further
immediately with their gunfire, but despite this
of the English
killed by the
had managed to fight their way forward to the front, where
was also to be among those killed.
Maurice O Sullivan
Hugh O Flynn knew they would
have to do something drastic if they were gong to survive this onslaught, and
they went after the leaders of the English forces
and were able to kill the main man,
Henry Malby, (With their leaders gone and
100 of their
English Military forces also killed by now, the
English retreated back to their
What was remaining of Donnell "Cam" O Sullivan's followers now moved on into the safety of the forests at Coolavin were they were able to rest once again, as this territory was now held by the Dal Cuinn Ui Briuin Ai Mac Dermots who previously had their territory in the Curlieu Mountains from where they had been driven out of by the English Military forces in 1601 AD after submitting to Mountjoy and had eventually settled here. (Outside of Coolavin is the Holy Well of St. Attracta who had her church in Boyle, who had been visited there by St. Patrick who used to pass through there going to Croagh Patrick,) Ahead was also Monasteraden (St Auden's ancient monastery is submerged there beneath the present graveyard, where it is enclosed in a fort / rath.) Once again the Irish Septs who were now nearby brought them food, and also warned them that the English commander, Sir Oliver Lambert, with further English Military forces, was also waiting for them up ahead and blocking the road. Ahead of them also was the Moygara Castle with the Keshcorran Mountain behind it in the territory of the Heberian Cianachta O Garas who were the Kings of Moygara & Coolavin, situated in their territory near the Mac Dermots, with Boyle itself another 10 miles further on, as the remaining O Sullivan followers crossed over the remaining Curlieu (Rough Mountains) to Ballinfad, where the Bricklieve Range was also off to their left. While they were still expecting the worst, all of a sudden out of the dark appeared a stranger, who was dressed in a white robe and barefoot walking in the snow with a white wreath on his head, he carried a long wand. He told them that he had come to guide them to the territory of the Dal Cuinn Ui Briuin O Rourkes, which was still another 15 mile further on, and as they were now totally worn out, desperate and lost, they accepted his offer and rewarded him with a Spanish gold coin, which he accepted gracefully. He lead them on over the Mountains to a small settlement, were they were able to purchase some food, but by now their original number of 1,000 had been reduced to less then 50. All of their original 14 horses were now gone, so 4 of the men agreed to carry, "The O Connor "Kerry" on their shoulders, as he could not walk any further, until eventually they came across an old stray horse to put him on. At dawn their mysterious white clad guide pointed out Brian "Oge" - the Younger O Rourke's castle in the distance, and bade them farewell, and they proceeded on to Loch Arrow, with the Bricklieve Mountains now behind it in the distance. (Here there were many Megalithic Graves at the Bronze Age cemetery of Carrowkeel, where the Cairns are on a plateau of the hills). (Of the 200 Passage Graves known throughout Ireland, there are 13 together at Carrowkeel, which are now also submerged beneath the bog lands, and also on Kesh there are 17 caves full of Stalactites, including the School Cave and the Robber's Hole, and near the main cave was were the Celtic Lughnasa Festival was held at the beginning of the harvest time on the last Sunday in July). (The bare remains of 20 different types of animals where to be found in these caves also, including Reindeer, Wolves, Bears and Arctic Lemmings, but the only living thing ever to be found in there was a great ferocious spider.)
Beal an Atha Fada
(The Mouth of the Long Ford) in
Co. Sligo was at the foot of the
Curlieu Mountains, on the edge
at the turn off on the way into the town, and near the lagoon in
there are the ruins also of an ancient monastery, while
further along the road around
is a large
Bronze Age Cairn
Heapstown). (This was also the country of
Balor of the Evil Eye,
the Fomorian Chief, and also of the
Ui Briuin Ai
who were to be interred in
along the water's edge, and of
Inishmore Island also
with it's monastery ruins there.)
his fellow survivors now passed on through
Loch Key that are
only a small parcel of land about a mile wide.
(In Loch Key there is a ruined castle on
Castle Island, while
there also on
headless body was previously buried after his
O Donnell, and
this was also where the
"Annals of Boyle"
were to be compiled).
Situated on the western bank of the Hunter River, midway between Muswellbrook and Denman the doorway to the Heart of Australia's "Horse Capital" in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales., Australia.
John & Sue Markham
RAINBOW FARMS 603 Roxburgh Road., Muswellbrook., N.S.W. 2333. Australia
02 65 479 100 - Fax: 02 65 479 102 E - Mail: email@example.com