Mary MacMahon married Conor O’Brien, the owner of Leamaneh Castle, now in ruins. They married in 1639 and she would often accompany him on raids against English Invaders. 25th July 1651 Conor was ambushed and mortally wounded by Cromwell’s men; he died in her arms later that night.

Mary went to Cromwell’s Commander-In-Chief and offered to marry any English army officer who had the courage to ask her to marry him. A young standard-bearer named John Cooper had the guts and so they married. Mary is reputed to have murdered him later on when she pushed him out of a window at Leamaneh when he was drunk.

Máire (Mary) was alleged to have been a cruel woman, she would hang servants that displeased her. She also had an insatiable appetite for both sexes and lusted for them both.

Some say Máire met her end when enemies entombed her alive inside a hollow tree and left her to starve to death. Some say on a ride from Ennis to Corofin one stormy night, her hair was caught in a branch above the road. She was hanged, when she was swung off the horse, by her own hair!

Video only loosely related but Monty Python’s  Oliver Cromwell makes me giggle.

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