Battle of Liscarroll

The Battle of Liscarroll was fought on 3 September 1642 between Catholic Irish insurgents and government troops. The battle was part of the Irish Rebellion, which had started in the north in 1641 reaching Munster in 1642.

The insurgents, about 8,500 strong, were led by Garret Barry, an Irish veteran from the Spanish Army of Flanders. The government forces, about 2,400 strong, were commanded by Murrough O’Brien, 6th Baron of Inchiquin, an Irish Protestant.

Despite his numerical disadvantage O’Brien routed his enemies by the strength of his cavalry and the firepower of his musketeers.