The O'Flynns became lords of large areas
of counties Cork, Roscommon and Antrim. As warriors, they fought other
clans, Viking raiders, Norman invaders, Anglo-Saxon conquerors. They
founded churches, built castles and helped keep substantial parts of
Ireland Gaelic and free for centuries.
At the end of the sixteenth century, the
O'Flynns marched with Hugh O'Neill and the other Irish clans in the last
great war that ended in the defeat of the Gaelic order.