On 12 Jul 1691 the Jacobite Irish Army and the forces of William III met in battle near the town of Aughrim in County Galway. Over 7000 people were killed and Jacobitism was virtually crushed, although the city of Limerick held out for a few more months.
There are many websites devoted to the history of the battle and the events leading up to them, it is not my intention to try to recreate them. How many of our ancestors were at this battle is unknown at this time. There were definitely Maguires connected to Greg's family and Kelly's connected to ours. But to date no others have been identified.
The Battle of Aughrim Interpretive center was not opened when we visited in September, however, it is possible to drive around the entire battlefield. Signs in various positions describe the battle from that angle.
- History Ireland - The Battle of Aughrim
- Padraig Lenihan on the Battle of Aughrim - The Irish Story
- Battle of Aughrim - Cullodeon Battlefield
- Aughrim Remembered Ó Ceallaigh - The Noble Clan of Ui Maine
- Battle of Aughrim - Wikipedia