This Sunday, July 14 at 6.30pm, on RTÉ One Episode two of Great Irish Journeys will retrace the march to oblivion from Cork to Leitrim.
Episode “is entitled “O’Sullivan Beara & the march to oblivion.” This forced march from West Cork to Leitrim in the depths of winter is one of the last great stories of Gaelic Ireland. This wasn’t the movement of an army, rather the flight of 1,000 men, women and children running for their lives from the English and being harassed en route by the Irish. A thousand people started the journey, 35 arrived at their destination 14 days later. Over four centuries later Evelyn O’Rourke walks the route and finds that the story doesn’t end in Leitrim, but rather in the Court of Philip of Spain.
Evelyn says: ‘I set out on this journey to remind everyone of the brave and epic story of this one man, Donal Cam O’Sullivan Beare. He crossed mountains, bogs and even the river Shannon in boats made at the water’s edge, all while being pursued by English and Irish enemies.”
Watch this Sunday at 6.30pm on RTE One.