Lead: In the fall of 1649, Ireland was in full rebellion against England.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

Though King Charles I had been beheaded in January of that year, sympathy for his cause and that of his son, Charles II, was very strong in Ireland. A force under the Earl of Ormonde had raised the Stuart flag and, except for pockets of resistance in and around Dublin, Ireland was under the control of the royalists. Already Scotland had declared the young Charles its king, but it was in Ireland that the greatest menace to the new English Republic, seemed to come.