1491 in Ireland
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- Summer/Autumn - Continuous rainfall causes the grain crops to fail throughout Ireland, leading to this being called the "dismal year".
- November - Pretender to the English throne Perkin Warbeck arrives in Cork. He wins some support for his cause from James FitzGerald, 8th Earl of Desmond, but Henry VII of England sends James Ormonde with troops to defend the territory and suspends Desmond's cousin, Gerald Mór FitzGerald, 8th Earl of Kildare, from his office of Deputy Lieutenant of Ireland for being implicated.
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- Cork Remembrancer (PDF). p. 38.
- Moody, T. W.; Martin, F. X., ed. (1967). The Course of Irish History. Cork: Mercier Press. p. 370.
- Ellis, Steven G. (2004). "Fitzgerald, Gerald, eighth earl of Kildare (1456?–1513)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/9554. Retrieved 2012-03-08. (subscription or UK public library membership required)