The Fighting Prince Of Donegal

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

The Fighting Prince Of Donegal (1966 Movie)

“The Fighting Prince of Donegal” is a 1966 historical adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions. It is based on the novel “Red Hugh, Prince of Donegal” by Robert T. Reilly.

The film is set in 16th-century Ireland and follows the story of Hugh O’Donnell, the young prince of Donegal. Hugh’s father has been captured and imprisoned by the English, and the young prince is determined to fight for the freedom of his people and the liberation of his father.

As the English attempt to suppress the Irish rebellion, Hugh becomes a key figure in the resistance movement. He forms alliances with other Irish leaders, including the fierce Irish chieftain O’Neill, and together, they plan to overthrow the English rule.

“The Fighting Prince of Donegal” is a tale of courage, bravery, and the struggle for independence. It showcases the spirit of the Irish people and their determination to defend their homeland against foreign oppression.

The film received praise for its historical accuracy and impressive action sequences. It also highlights themes of loyalty, honor, and sacrifice, as Hugh and his comrades face great challenges in their quest for freedom.

“The Fighting Prince of Donegal” is one of Disney’s lesser-known live-action historical dramas, but it remains an entertaining and inspiring adventure that provides a glimpse into Irish history and culture. It serves as a reminder of the resilience and strength of a nation fighting for its identity and sovereignty.

While not as widely recognized as some other Disney films, “The Fighting Prince of Donegal” holds a special place in Disney’s catalog of live-action movies, and it continues to be enjoyed by audiences who appreciate historical dramas and tales of heroism and valor.

Additional Details


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


  • Director: Michael O’Herlihy
  • Producer: Walt Disney
  • Music: George Bruns

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