From his birth in Carnally to his hanging in Armagh follow his life in story, song, poetry, drama and music featuring Aodh Mac Murchaidh, Jamie Mac Murchaidh, Bláithín Mc Cann, Kieran Murphy, John Campbell, Liam Hannaway, Ciorcal Comhrá Ard Mhachand and a special performance of newly composed commemorative instrumental music by the Traditional Arts Partnership.
Mac Mhurchaidh was a tory or raparee (guerrilla fighter) born in South Armagh in around 1720. He was said to be a fine looking man and used to introduce himself to his victims as “the handsomest man in Ireland”. He had a reputation as a great drinker and charming companion of women. Yet it was over-indulgence in drink and promiscuity that were to lead to his downfall and death. Mac Mhurchaidh and his close friend and fellow poet Peadar Ó Doirnín were active Jacobites up to the 1745 rebellion; their main adversary was John Johnson of the Fews, a tory hunter. To read the full story, click here.
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