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

Clonmines, Bannow Bay. County Wexford        14th - 16th centuries Clonmines probably began it's life as a Norman settlement established by William Marshall in the 13th century as an alternative port to New [...]

Attacked, Burnt and Destroyed – Everyone killed except one!

Roscrea Castle, Roscrea. County Tipperary         1281 This National Monument is Roscrea Castle. This was originally the site of a motte and bailey fortification known as King John's Castle. It was not until 1281 that a [...]

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 buildings, A heart of a Saint and Tom & Jerry

Christchurch is built on the most commanding position in Dublin and is one of the finest historical buildings in Ireland. This location was chosen by Sitric Silkbeard, the first Christian Danish King who built a [...]

A magnificent castle built by a renegade Norman & the Time Team

Dundrum Castle, Dundrum, County Down          c. 1200 Dundrum Castle is located in a spectacular setting overlooking Dundrum Bay and the mighty Mourne Mountains. This ancient hilltop site was chosen by John de Courcy sometime around [...]

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

Trim Castle, Trim. County Meath      1176 Trim Castle is not only the earliest stone castle to be built in Ireland but also the one of the largest Norman Castles in Europe. It was built in [...]

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 [...]

The Beaker People c.2500 b.c > 1700 b.c

The Beaker culture is the name of a cultural phenomenon which occurred in large parts of Western Europe during the late Neolithic and early Bronze Age period. The term was coined by John Abercromby, based [...]

The Fomorians c.600 b.c? one of our first tribes, an ancient semi divine race & Balor of the one eye & one of our first tribes

In Irish mythology, the Fomoire or Fomorians were a semi-divine race and were believed to have been one of the first tribes to inhabit Ireland in ancient times. They are believed to be the people [...]

The Fir Bolg c.55 b.c The Bag Men, Bronze age technology & a great Celtic tribe of Ireland

In ancient times, the Fir Bolg were the rulers of Ireland before the arrival of the Tuatha Dé Danann. The origin of the Fir Bolg name is as usual the subject of some dispute [...]

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 [...]

The Cistercians (arrived in Ireland 1141)

In 1098 St Robert, founded the first Cistercian Abbey in Citeaux, France. Upon a visit, Malachy, the archbishop of Armagh, was so impressed by the Cistercian order that he believed such discipline would help to [...]

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