Already the English influence was confined mainly to a strip of territory centred on
O’Hanlon, from his stronghold just north of it, was able, when opportunity offered it, to impose a ‘black rent’ upon the English people living in and about
Indeed so firm was his position that the arrangement was formalised in a treaty between The O’Hanlon and the English people of
On 23 April 1346 in the reign of Edward III, protection was granted to the O’Hanlons on their lands and in their possessions, provided they ‘behaved’.
The internal rivalries between Irish clan leaders continued however. In 1380 O’Hanlon, Lord of Orior was slain in battle – along with great numbers of the English, by the Magennis’s of Iveagh. His replacement was killed just eleven years later by his own kinsmen.
Nor was the latter outrage an isolated affair. Indeed some seventy years earlier Manus O’Hanlon, Lord of Orior had his eyes put out by his own kinsman, Niall, son of Cu-Uladh O’Hanlon, on Spy Wednesday, thereby temporarily securing the Lordship for himself. He quickly submitted to Richard III of
In 1422 the O’Hanlon (with his men) joined a northern force and accompanied the English in a foray into
This bonanza ended when the English sent a determined Viceroy to
… O’Hanlon conflicts with the Church …