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Hell or Connaught

(To). This phrase, usually attributed to Cromwell, and common to the whole of Ireland, rose thus: When the settlers designed for Ireland asked the officers of James I. where they were to go, they were answered “to Hell or Connaught,” go where you like or where you may, but don't bother me about the matter.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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