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Thread #22487   Message #246934
Posted By: GUEST,Martin Ryan
24-Jun-00 - 09:08 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Flight of Earls (Liam Reilly)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Flight of Earls

An "earl" is a nobleman. In this context the "flight of the earls" refers to a period in Irish history when, ollowing defeat by the English, a large number of members of noble irish families fled to continental Europe. So he means another loss of the best of a generation, basically.