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Digging deep: Excavation for the remains of Red Hugh O’Donnell in a Valladolid street. Photos: Cultura y Turismo Valladolid

Digging deep: Excavation for the remains of Red Hugh O’Donnell in a Valladolid street. Photos: Cultura y Turismo Valladolid

Digging deep: Excavation for the remains of Red Hugh O’Donnell in a Valladolid street. Photos: Cultura y Turismo Valladolid

Bones have been found on the fifth day of the search for the remains of Red Hugh O'Donnell on the streets of Valladolid in Spain.

"A part of the skull, a femur, and some more remains appear in what appears to be the access to the Chapel of Las Maravillas," Valladolid's Culture Councillor Ana Redondo said on social media yesterday evening.

"We are close," the tweet added.

It is believed that O'Donnell's skeleton should be easily identifiable, as he had no big toes due to losing them to frostbite.

The legendary figure was the mastermind behind the Nine Years' War from 1593 to 1603 and suffered frostbite while hiding in the Wicklow Mountains following a daring escape from Dublin Castle.

Along with his father-in-law Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, Red Hugh led arguably one of Ireland's most successful rebellions against the English. He died in 1602 in Spain.

Irish Independent