Pat McGinn, the Mayor of Newry and Mourne is hosting a reception for myself (John McCavitt) and some colleagues who have collaborated on an innovative narrative and song CD about the Flight of the Earls.
The launch will take place in Newry Arts Centre on Wednesday 26th October at 8.00pm. Included below is a press release for the event which focuses on the famous story known locally as ‘Mabel’s Folly’.
Historian Dr John McCavitt will reveal a new insight into the background causes of the Flight of the Earls at the local launch of an innovative/educational CD that combines story-telling with original music and song. Pat McGinn, Mayor of Newry and Mourne Council, will host the event at Newry Arts Centre on Wednesday 26th October at 8.00pm. The Newry connection to the Flight of the Earls is linked to the fact that two of the Earl of Tyrone’s four wives were Newry women, Mabel Bagenal and Catherine Magennis. It was Catherine Magennis as Countess of Tyrone who famously accompanied her husband to the continent in 1607. When the fugitive party arrived in
It was the earl of Tyrone’s marital difficulties with his third wife, Mabel Bagenal that contributed to the turbulent background to the Flight of the Earls. ‘Mabel’s Folly’, as it is known in local lore, was the famous incident when Hugh O’Neill, earl of Tyrone, eloped with the sister of Nicholas Bagenal, the Queen’s Marshal, based in Newry. A Protestant, and barely half his age, O’Neill’s marriage to Lady Mabel was fraught with difficulty. Tradition has it that Mabel finally tired of O’Neill’s womanising and left him, though he was to be shocked by Mabel’s intolerance of his admission that ‘I did affect two other gentlewomen’. Tradition has it that Lady Mabel retired to her Tower (which still exists in the grounds of the
Inspired by the local dimension to the story of the Flight of the Earls Newry teacher Dr John McCavitt and local composer, Maura Erskine, have pooled their talents to produce a CD entitled ‘The Flight of the Earls in Story and Song’. It begins with a narrative piece called ‘The wooing of Mabel’. The accompanying song entitled ‘Mo St