Affane (County Waterford)
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Battle of Affane
In the year 1565, the battle of affane was fough between the forces of the Fitzgerald Earl of Desmond and the Butler Earl of Ormond.
According to sources the Earl of Desmond consisted of Gaelic Irish Clans which were the O'Connors and O'Briens. For the opposing enemy the Butlers came from a place known as Cahir in County Tipperary. And there backround was of allied Gaelic and Old English origin.
Desmond had an army of a couple of hundred men and there names were mainly called the MacCarthys, OSullivans, Macsheehys and the O'Connors also they were on horseback of about 100 horses. His first goal was to set a few houses in the locality on fire and also kill 60 livestock to a local farm near the village. As for the rest of the army they went to Dungarvan to get some wine as a break from battle.
Desmonds forces a fair idea of the oppositions power and taught they would be no match when it comes to fighting. And from that evidence they attacked Ormonds men.
But Ormond and his troops won the battle and therefore captured the man in question who was Earl of Desmond (Fitzgerald). He was taken captive and brought for life imprisonment. Nicholas Arnold was the police officer and locked him up in Clonmel Town in South Tipperary.
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