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Éalú as Éirinn

     

Antaine Ó Donnaile follows in the footsteps of
shipwrecked Spanish Armada Captain Francisco de Cuéllar.

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Éalú as Éirinn 1-1

Parental Rating: G

Spanish Armada captain Francisco de Cuéllar was shipwrecked off the Sligo coast in September 1588. He spent seven months in war-torn Ireland, trying to escape death and marriage before eventually maki

First Shown: 4 Oct

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Éalú as Éirinn

Spanish Armada captain Francisco de Cuéllar was shipwrecked off the Sligo coast in September 1588. He spent seven months in war-torn Ireland, trying to escape death and marriage before eventually making his way to Madrid. The TV broadcaster Antaine Ó Donnaile, has long been captivated by this extraordinary story and in this landmark documentary he sets out to follow in the footsteps of de Cuéllar to see if his fantastic account might be true. With dramatic historical reconstruction, spectacular aerial footage, and a physically demanding journey through Connacht, Ulster and then on to Scotland, Belgium and Spain, this is a gripping and swashbuckling adventure, which gives a unique insight into Ireland and the Gaelic world before the English Conquest.
Éalú as Éirinn reveals what life was like in Ireland in 1588. De Cuéllar tells of his meetings with ordinary Irish peasants and ‘very important savages’ such as chieftains and bishops.

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