Ireland in the 17th Century

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Ulster Plantation

The chiefs won many battles during the war, and Hugh O’Neill hoped to get further help from Elizabeth’s rival, Philip of Spain. In 1598, Hugh O’Neill defeated the English army at a famous battle called the Battle of the Yellow Ford. This rebellion in Ulster spread to Munster. Elizabeth was worried about the danger of Spanish armies coming to Ireland to fight against England. Gaelic chiefs had made many appeals to the Catholic King Philip of Spain for help in driving the English out of Ireland.