Owen II O’Sullivan
"Lord of Bantry 1594-1603" - "16 Lord of Beare and Bantry 1603 - 1618"
Owen O’Sullivan was born about 1570 in Dunboy Castle, Munster, Ireland. He died on 31 Aug 1616 in Dunboy Castle, Munster, Ireland. He was buried on 1 Sep 1616 in Ireland.
Continuing his father’s policy of Neutrality, when Hugh O’Neill marched south to battle Queen Elizabeth’s minions at Kinsale, his cousin “Lord of Beare” Donal Cam supported him while Owen II refused. This infuriated Donal Cam who then captured Carriganass, one of Owen’s Castles. Later taking Owen’s wife, who was kept as a hostage in Dunboy Castle by Donal Cam’s orders.
After the Gaelic forces were defeated at the battle of Kinsale Queen Elizabeth offered to Owen all of Donal Cam’s lands, properties and titles, all of which had once belonged to his father for his assistance in the siege of Dunboy castle. Which at the time, Queen Elizabeth’s forces considered impregnable.
After the battle of Kinsale the O'Mahony family garrisoned Dunmanus castle, on the 4th June 1602 Owen and one of Carew's officers raided and seized the castle killing four of the guards.
Carew began the siege of Dunboy Castle with a fierce artillery bombardment by land and sea.
Owen informed Carew of a weak point in the castle walls at a stairwell. Carew directed his bombardment to that point, and the walls were eventually breached.
Once obtaining his cousin’s lands and properties Owen left the stark Carriganass Castle and built Reendisert Castle on the road between Bantry and Glengarriff. Reendisert was a combined tower house and modern residence with large defensive machicolations alongside fine windows and tall chimneys.
Regranted Dunboy Castle in 1612. (Carew's Pacata Hiberna page 293. He had a regrant of DUNBOYCASTLE Anno 9 James 1.)
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