The Book of Sullivan


1100: Gerald of Wales

Gerald of Wales

By: sullchron


1176: MacRaith O Suilleabhain defends Mac Carthaigh King of Munster

Henry II arrives to keep Strongbow in check; Strongbow submits and is granted Kingdom of Leinster. Dermot McCarthy, King of Desmond, submits to Henry; southern kings and bishops follow suit

By: Williams


1209: 9 A hosting by Finghin [MacCartaaigh]... and there was a

Mac Carthaigh's Book, DA 905 03 compiled for Florence McCarthy by Diarmaid O Suilleabhin in 1633 1123, 1196, 1201, 1214 Slaughters, hosiges and hostage taking of the 12th century. 1123 O'Suilleabhain [and others]deposed Tadhg son of Muireadach MacCarthaigh, and Cormac son of MacCarthaigh, his own brother, took the kingship from them in his presence. 1209 A hosting by Finghin [MacCartaaigh]... and there was a fleet to meet him at ViRathach, and they killed a great number of people and cattle. This Finghuin was killed by the Vi Shuilleabhain [in a dispute] concerning division of booty. Gearr Ville's son struck him with an axe. 1214 Diarmaid [MacCarthaigh] treacherously killed the whole family of Domhnail Mor O Suilleabhain .. on the advice of many, if not the greater part, of Desmond.

By: McCarthy


1557: Clever Phrases Much Esteemed

The English Jesuit William Campion wrote of the Irish in 1577: The people are thus inclined: religious, frank, amorous, ireful, sufferable, of pains infinite, very glorious, many sorcerers, excellent horsemen, delighted with wars, great almsgivers, passing in hospitality." They are "lightly abused to believe and avouch idle miracles and revelations vain and childish. Greedy of praise they be, and fearful of dishonour."

"they are sharp-witted, lovers of learning, capable of any study whereunto they bend themselves, constant in travail, adventurous, intractable, kindhearted, secret in displeasure..."

The clever phrase, whether of praise or criticism, was much esteemed among them.



1588: 1588 Florence Maccarthy marrries Earl of Clancarty's daughter

Florence Maccarthy story p811, (mcCarthy)

By: o'murcada


1601: Spanish land at Kinsale.

Spanish land at Kinsale. Mountjoy besieges Spanish; O'Neill and Red Hugh O'Donnell march length of Ireland and besiege Mountjoy. O'Neill's forces botch attack; Mountjoy victorious. O'Donnell flees to Spain

By: cusak


1602: The March of O'Sullivan Beare

The greatest Sullivan story of them all! In the winter of 1602, Donal Cam O'Sullivan Beare, was holed up in the mountains of West Cork after the defeat of the Gaelic chieftains at Kinsale, and the destruction of his fortress by the English (now that's another story). Surrounded by his enemies, running out of food, and with the promised help from Spain sorely lacking, O'Sullivan's plight seemed hopeless...his nearest allies were 300 miles to the north and the Queen had set a bounty on his head. Surrender was the only option.

But not for Donal Cam. Marshalling his people, he set off with 1,000 followers across the mountains of Cork, a desparate journey through the heart of a bitter winter. Although harrassed almost constantly by English forces, or turncoat Gaelic chieftains, the group resolutely made their way northwards as far as the river Shannon. At this point, their horses had to be slaughtered to provide the skins for currachs (corracles) to bear the group to safety. O'Sullivan continued on his march from the Shannon to finally find refuge with O'Rourke of Breifne. Of his thousand followers, hardly more than fifty had survived. But they had survived, and, in this small way, claimed a victory for a dying way of life, a civilisation soon to disappear for ever. O'Sullivan marched. O'Sullivans died. But through the tragedy and trouble, the O'Sullivan triumphed.

L/amh foistenach ab/u!

By: Tomas O'Sullivan (what else!)
Email: in%""


1714: Joseph Sullivan hanged at Newgate.

Last night the warrant was brought to Newgate for executing tomorrow Joseph Sullivan, alias Silver, for inlisting men... for the Pretender.

--Dublin newspaper

Executions of Irishmen for recruiting on behalf of the Stuart Pretender James ("Bonnie Prince Charlie"), recognized this year as King of Great Britain and Ireland by Louis XIV, are a principal fare of the Irish press in the early decades of the eighteenth century. In this case Sullivan, a native of Munster and a member of the 1st Regiment of Footguards, London, has been convicted of treason by a hostile English jury and is accordingly "hang'd, drawn, and quarter'd," his head "fix'd to a pole, on Temple Bar."



1724: Litigiousness of Ensign Alferes Juan Julian O'Sulivan

Ensign Alferes Juan Julian O'Sulivan of the Edinburgh Dragoons, an Irish regiment in the Spanish Army, is reviewed by his commanding officer. Reportedly Ensign O'Sulivan "has great ability but his marriage to a lady of quality has involved him in a number of lawsuits, causing his frequent absense from duty." Recommendation: he is to be brought to heel - or discharged.

Others reviewed include Edwardo Stapleton, who is given to drunkenness, and Cornelio Conway, who is bright in Mathematics, and Captain Domingo Hickey who has "a deceitful nature, shies away from work, and is artful, persuasive, and poisonous."


Add your own Sullivan story or poem by clicking HERE!