Fláithrí Ó Maol Chonaire - Early Life and Career

Early Life and Career

A member of the Ó Maolconaire bardic family of Connacht, he was born at Cluain Plocáin (now Ballymulconry), parish of Kiltrustan, County Roscommon, in 1560. His early studies were made on the Continent, in the Netherlands, and in Spain. At Salamanca he joined the Franciscans. In 1588 he was appointed provincial of the order in Ireland and as such sailed with the Spanish Armada. There are no details as to the manner of O'Maolconaire's escape from the expedition.

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