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Spanish archaeologists will on Monday begin a dig inside the remains of a chapel where they are “quite sure” Red Hugh O’Donnell is buried.

A week-long excavation of Constitution Street in Valladolid in northwest Spain has revealed the walls of what is believed to be the Chapel of Marvels where O’Donnell was buried in September 1602.

He died en route to Valladolid, then the capital of Spain, while waiting for a response from Spain’s King Philip III to a letter asking him to send another army to Ireland to fight against the English.

O’Donnell’s Irish and Spanish army was defeated at the Battle of Kinsale in early 1602 and he fled to Spain. Though the king never did provide the help sought, he gave O’Donnell (who died aged 29) a royal funeral, as outlined in the Annals of the Four Masters.

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