Cromwellian Massacre at Drogheda. The officers and soldiers were first exterminated, and then men, women, and children were put to the sword. The butchery occupied five entire days: Cromwell has himself described the scene, and glories in his cruelty. Another eyewitness, an officer in his army, has described it also, but with some faint touch of remorse.
CROMWELL: GOD'S EXECUTIONER He's considered the great bogeyman of Irish history. British military leader Oliver Cromwell's infamous seventeenth century invasion set the stage for religious dissension in Ireland and created much of the political tensions that continue to this day. See why his name represents liberty to England, tragedy to Ireland, and, in 1776, served as a warning and an inspiration to our American forefathers.
Grace O'Malley was a tough-ass 16th century Irish warrior chick who led a horde of broadsword-swinging Vikings, Celts, and Scottish Highlanders in naval operations that would dominate the coast of Ireland for a couple of decades. Known to her contemporaries as "The Pirate Queen of Connaught," this estrogenocidal ginger gunslinger raided shipping vessels, battled English armies, conquered castles from rival Irish clans, and once traveled to London just so she could talk shit to Queen Elizabeth...