O'Neill, Shane

O'Neill, Shane,

1530?–1567, Irish chieftain. The eldest son of Con O'Neill, 1st earl of Tyrone, he carried on a bitter feud with his father after Con accepted Henry VIII's nomination of Con's illegitimate son, Matthew, as baron of Dungannon and heir to the O'Neill title. Shane's agents murdered Matthew in 1558, but when Con died in 1559, the English recognized Matthew's eldest son, Brian, as his successor. In 1562, after the murder of Brian, Shane reached a compromise with Queen Elizabeth I in London and was acknowledged as chieftain of Tyrone. Upon his return to Ireland, however, he plunged anew into tribal warfare against his rivals in Ulster. He claimed to be serving Elizabeth in his successful campaign (1564–65) against the MacDonnells, Scottish immigrants on the coast of Antrim. Later, however, he directed his raids and depredations against the English. Defeated by the O'Donnells at Letterkenny, he fled and sought refuge with his former enemies, the MacDonnells, who murdered him.
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Ryan added a trio of points coupled with scores from John O'Neill, Shane McGrath and O'Meara to ensure a semi-final date with Limerick IT.
Martin Raymond is booking rides for Dane O'Neill, Shane Kelly, Willie Ryan and Liam Keniry (7lb).
Shedding light on their initial meetings with O'Neill, Shane said: "We met with Michael a couple of times in Tyrone.
John O'Neill, Shane Bourke, Buggy O'Meara, Donagh Maher - lads that have come in and taken their chance," said Noel McGrath.
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Starring: Kelly O'Neill, Shane Curry Beguiling Irish movie following the adventures of two runaways on the streets of Dublin.
The group of five statues, officially titled Let The Dance Begin, is now sporting the team shirts of local players Brian Dooher, Stephen O'Neill, Shane Sweeney, Martin Penrose and Pascal McConnell.
Names linked with the job are Michael O'Neill, Shane Reddish, Tommy Wright and Paul Kee.
Players like Francie Grehan, Seamus O'Neill, Shane Curran and Frankie Dolan are the backbone - and in their positions, rank up there with the best players in the country.
The single, which features stars such as Martin O'Neill, Shane McGowan, Rod Stewart, Billy Connolly and Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher, tells of the night Celtic became the first British club to lift the European Cup.