- Apr 2008
- Sodom and Begorrah
Sammy it is true that O'Neill and his allies invited the king of Spain to be king of a 'Catholic Ireland' but it is hard to see in reality how Spain could exercise power in any meaningful way from far off over a fragmented and chaotic Ireland. The notion of a united Catholic cause was really only a front to get aid in his quest for independence from the English crown. Also the irregular Spanish contribution was mostly an effort by them to divert English resources away from the war in the Netherlands rather than an attempt to help fellow Catholics and achieve soverignty in Ireland.yes, very true, but didn't the pope back the Irish with gold and troops and intend to place the Irish monarchy in the hands of the Philip of Spain of all people. that's still a pretty big catholic-protestant spat considering the very real threat that a 'foreign' ireland would present let alone papal one.