Redmond O'Hanlon (1640 - 1681):
Redmond O'Hanlon was born in Aghantaraghan, near Poyntzpass, County Armagh, and took up service in the French army. His family were dispossessed of property in Tandragee, their ancestral home, after the Cromellian wars. When Redmond returned he led a band of outlaws or rapparees and exacted tribute in Armagh, Down and Louth. In 1676 a reward of Â£100 was offered for his body, dead or alive. He was regarded by many people as a folk hero, and gave money he had robbed from the rich to the poor. It is said that he frequently evaded capture and once swam the width of Carlingford Lough to escape. He was shot in his sleep while hiding at Eightmilebridge, County Down, by his foster-brother. His head was placed on a spike over Downpatrick jail, and he is buried in the graveyard of Relicarn, adjacent to Balinabeck, outside Tandragee, County Armagh. He is the subject of many songs and stories.
|Died:||25 April 1681|
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