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Waking Red: Archaeologists digging up Spanish streets in bid to find remains of beloved Irish rebel Hugh O'Donnell

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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

Archaeologists searching for the remains of Red Hugh O'Donnell, one of Ireland's most loved historical heroes, have begun digging up the streets of Valladolid in Spain.

Historian Hiram Morgan, a UCC academic, said O'Donnell's skeleton should be easily identifiable - because he had no big toes.

O'Donnell, who was the mastermind of the Nine- Year War from 1593 to 1603, suffered frostbite while hiding in the Wicklow mountains following a daring escape from Dublin Castle.