After our long journey south, a quick visit to our hotel in Mallow we headed off to Knocknanuss monument at Abrahams Cross where local man and Alasdair MacColla expert Dennis O’Donoghue met us.
He gave us a quick account of the battle and also explained how after Alasdair had surrendered, he was being taking away probably to be hung and stopped to drink at a well where he was shot through the head by a coward hiding in a bush, perhaps a better death than being hung by the English!
It was then onto Ballyheen where locals gathered at an old stone monument where some more speeches were made and Alex Calderhead and Davie Ross laid wreathes for Crann Tara and Siol nan Gaidheal. The new Plaque commemorating Alasdair and the battle was also unveiled.
It was then onto Kilbrin where I had the pleasure of unveiling a plaque for Bishop Boetius MacEgan (a native of Kilbrin) executed by Parliament Forces in 1650.
After an excellent day it was onto the local community centre where a local singer Trevor played some music and then Ted Christopher played another brilliant performance where both locals and us Scots had a wonderful night!
A day I for one will probably never forget.
By Alec Mowat