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It was not a real invasion of Ireland, but in 1601 King Phillip III of Spain sent an expedition under the command of Juan del Águila to support the Irish rebels O'Donell and O'Neill. The troops landed in the city of Kinsale and remained there until, surrounded by the English troops and without posibilities of receiving Irish help, they surrendered after the battle of Kinsale.

Earlier in 1588, up to 24 ships of the Armada were wrecked on a rocky coastline spanning 500 km, from Antrim in the north to Kerry in the south, and the threat to Crown authority was readily defeated. Many of the survivors of the multiple wrecks were put to death, and the remainder fled across the sea to Scotland. It is estimated that 5,000 members of the fleet perished in Ireland.

Not exactly an 'invasion' force.

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