Normans

Normans

One of the best preserved and much over-looked medieval towns in Ireland

Clonmines probably began it's life as a Norman settlement established by William Marshall in the 13th century as an alternative port to New Ross. The remains of this once considerable town include two tower houses, [...]

Attacked, Burnt and Destroyed – Everyone killed except one!

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Roscrea Castle built in 1281 & within the ground is Damer House built in 1730. The original motte and bailey fortification on this site was built in 1213 and was known [...]

A Norman castle, The Nugents & An ancient trading route

Delvin Castle is located in the middle of Delvin village in county Westmeath. This was once a sturdy Norman castle with a square block in the middle and 4 corner cylindrical towers. It was built in 1310 [...]

One of our earliest Norman castles and one of the most continuously ‘lived-in’ buildings in Ireland

Leixlip Castle was built in 1172 by Adam de Hereford, a follower of Strongbow, one year after the Norman Invasion of Ireland. This is one of the oldest continuously-inhabited buildings in Ireland. Leixlip means 'salmon [...]

One of Ireland’s most historic Cathedrals, Lots of relics and a mummified cat & rat

Christ Church Cathedral, founded in c.1028 is one of the finest historical buildings in Ireland. Sitric Silkbeard, (the first Christian Danish king) built a wooden church here in c.1028 as this location was the most [...]

Time Team investigates this magnificent castle built by a renegade Norman

Dundrum Castle is located in a spectacular setting overlooking Dundrum Bay and the mighty Mourne Mountains. This site was chosen by John de Courcy sometime around 1172 following his invasion of Ulster. De Courcy was [...]

The earliest and one the largest Norman castles in Europe, Braveheart & Hugh de Lacy

Trim Castle is not only the earliest stone castle to be built in Ireland but is also the largest Norman Castle in Europe. It was built in 1176 by Hugh de Lacy and his son [...]

An Arch-Bishop’s luxury pad, An orchard and The Tudors

Swords Castle is located in the town of Swords in north county Dublin and dates from 1190 a.d. In 1181 John Comyn succeeded Laurence O'Toole as the 1st Anglo-Norman Archbishop of Dublin and it appears [...]

Crusades, Norman warriors and betrayal

Templar's Church is located in Templetown, co.Wexford and dates from 1310. It received its name from the Knights Templar, a brotherhood of monastic Norman warriors who originated during the crusades. After the Norman invasion of [...]

John de Courcy (1160 – 1219 a.d) The renegade knight who ruled the north for 30 years

John de Courcy was a Norman who served Henry II in England and France before coming to Ireland in 1176. He was a minor member of a Somerset family with important connections in the north [...]

Strongbow (1130 – 1176 a.d) The first Norman King of Leinster

Richard de Clare (Strongbow) was a Welsh lord and the Earl of Pembroke. In 1169, Dermont MacMurrough, the king of Leinster was defeated by Roderic, the king of Connacht. Dermont went to Wales and asked [...]

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