‘The Irish ‘Wild Geese’: in search of fortune in the Habsburg Empire’

When in the 17th- and 18th centuries many of the young men of Ireland’s aristocracy had to leave their native land to take up positions in the Habsburg Imperial army, they arrived with no money but many ambitions. One of the ways they hoped to achieve their aims was to look out for a beautiful young Austrian heiress but it not always went according to plan…

Dr Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel has been a member of the Department of History, University College Cork with a special research interest in Medieval History. She has lectured and published widely on the connections between Ireland and Europe from 600 to the 19th century.