Philip O'Sullivan Beare

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Philip O'Sullivan Beare (Irish: Pilib Ó Súilleabháin Béirre, c. 1590 – Spain, 1660) was an Irish soldier who became more famous as a writer.

He was son of Dermot O'Sullivan and nephew of Donal O'Sullivan Beare, Prince of Beare. The O'Sullivans, headed by the O'Sullivan Beare, owned much of Valentia Island in south-western Ireland.[1]

He was sent to Spain in 1602, and was educated at Compostela by Vendamma, a Spaniard, and John Synnott, an Irish Jesuit.

He served in the Spanish army. In 1621 he published his Catholic History of Ireland, a work not always reliable, but valuable for the Irish wars of the author's own day. He also wrote a Life of St. Patrick, a confutation of Gerald of Wales and a reply to James Usher's attack on his History.



  1. ^ Toby Barnard, ‘O'Sullivan Beare, Philip (b. c.1590, d. in or after 1634)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004
  • Magee, Irish Writers of the Seventeenth Century (Dublin, 1846);
  • O'Sullivan, Catholic History of Ireland, ed. Kelly (Dublin, 1850);
  • O'Sullivan, History of Ireland, tr. Byrne (London, 1904)

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.