is a play
written by Northern Irish
playwright Brian Friel
in 1989. It is set in Ireland
in August 1591 and focuses on the real-life plight of Hugh O'Neill
, Earl of Tyrone
, who led an Irish and Spanish alliance against the English in an attempt to drive them out of Ireland. The play is set before and after the Battle of Kinsale
. The battle does not directly feature in the play, although it is central to the plot.