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The Fighting Prince of Donegal
The Fighting Prince of Donegal poster.jpg
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
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
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 Productions adventure film starring Peter McEnery and Susan Hampshire, based on the novel Red Hugh: Prince of Donegal by Robert T. Reilly. It was released by the Buena Vista Distribution Company.


Set in the late 1580s, the film very loosely follows the real-life exploits of the 16th century Irish prince Hugh Roe "Red Hugh" O'Donnell. The story begins when Hugh's father, the Chief of the Name, dies, leaving his son as Chief of Clan O'Donnell. With his accession to the throne, an Irish prophecy is seemingly fulfilled which promises independence from Elizabethan and English rule. In response, the Queen's Lord Lieutenant abducts him and imprisons him in Dublin Castle as a hostage for the Clan's good behavior. After a daring escape, he flies across Ireland with the sons of Hugh Roe O'Neill.

The O'Donnell lords see this occurrence as the opportunity to strike back at the foreigners by force, but Hugh 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. As he prepares for battle, O'Donnell also courts the beautiful Kathleen McSweeney, to further augment the clans of Ireland.


  • Peter McEnery as Hugh O'Donnell
  • Susan Hampshire as Kathleen McSweeney
  • Andrew Keir as Lord McSweeney
  • Tom Adams as Henry O'Neill
  • Gordon Jackson as Captain Leeds
  • Norman Wooland as Sir John Perrott
  • Richard Leech as Phelim O'Toole
  • Peter Jeffrey as Sergeant
  • Marie Kean as Lady Ineen O'Donnell
  • Bill Owen as Officer Powell
  • Maurice Roëves as Martin
  • Donal McCann as Sean O'Toole

Comic book adaption

  • Gold Key: Walt Disney Presents The Fighting Prince of Donegal (January 1967)
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