Fionnuala MacDonnell, Queen of Tyrconnell

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About Fionnuala MacDonnell, Queen of Tyrconnell

Iníon Dubh (said, Nee-an doo) is one of the most remembered and beloved heroines in Irish history. Iníon Dubh was her pet name which means 'black haired daughter.' She was Fionnuala Ní Dhónaill née Nic Dhónaill. She was a Gaelic aristocrat, the daughter of the taoiseach of clann Mhic Dhónaill, Seamus Mac Dónaill, and Anna Chaimbeul, the daughter of the third Earl of Argyll, head of clann Chaimbeul. She was multi lingual, speaking her native Gaelic, Latin, and English. She was born on Islay and spent much of her early life in the Scottish Court. She married Aodh Mac Manus Ó Dónaill in the summer of 1569. She moved to the Laggan district of Donegal with some 1,000 Redshanks recruited from clans Caimbeul and Mac Dónaill. Read more...