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The Fighting Prince of Donegal

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Michael O'Herlihy
Produced by Walt Disney
Written by Robert Westerby,
Robert T. Reilly
Starring Peter McEnery,
Susan Hampshire,
Tom Adams
Music by George Bruns
Cinematography Arthur Ibbetson
Editing by Peter Boita
Distributed by The Walt Disney Company
Release date(s) October 1, 1966
Running time 110 min.
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English

The Fighting Prince of Donegal is a 1966 Walt Disney Pictures adventure film starring Peter McEnery and Susan Hampshire, based on the novel Red Hugh: Prince of Donegal by Robert T. Reilly.



Set in the late 1580s, the film very loosely follows the real-life exploits of the 16th century Irish prince "Red" Hugh O'Donnell. The story begins when Hugh's father, the king, dies, leaving his son the throne of Donegal. With his ascension to the throne, an Irish prophecy is seemingly fulfilled which promises freedom from the current tyranny of the Elizabethan English. Though at first the O'Donnell lords see this occurrence as the opportunity to strike back at the foreigners by force, Hugh himself convinces them the right plan is to band together with the other clans of the island, and bargain for their freedom from a position of strength.


Robert T. Reilly

Robert Reilly was born in 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts, but lived much of his life in Omaha, Nebraska. He was a veteran of the World War II and raised 10 children. His book Red Hugh: Prince of Donegal was published in 1957. He died in 2004.

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