Lead: Ireland was in the middle of one of its periodic rebellions against the English.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

The year was 1649, King Charles I of England had been beheaded and a Republic ruled in London. Forces loyal to the Stuart monarchy and its young King, Charles II, had taken over the Ireland and Oliver Cromwell was there to root them out.

The key to Cromwell's campaign was the small strategic town of Drogheda not far north of Dublin on the Boyne River. After a day of shelling the wall of the city were broken and Cromwell's 8000 foot soldiers surged through the opening.