|model and photographer Niamh O'Rourke and actor, archaeologist, Dave Swift portray Iníon Dubh and Redshank in a recent Irish photo shoot.|
With her husband's health failing, she became the de facto taoiseach of Clann Uí Dhónaill by the mid 1580s. She was by this time also the most powerful person in west Ulster, because she commanded her own army of very devoted Redshanks. An account of her career in Donegal will be included in the book A Short History of the Laggan Redshanks, 1569-1630, which will be published by Ulster Heritage Publishing later this spring.
Iníon Dubh was the mother of Aodh Rua Ó Dónaill who led his west Ulster army to many victories against the English in the Nine Years War (1594-1603).
She lived at Mongavlin just south of St Johnston, in east Donegal. The remains of her castle are still standing. Her legacy still lives in Donegal in the many families there that are of Redshank origins.