What Happened To the Normans? 1185 – 1260

What happened next? The Normans brought widespread coinage and tried to bring a centralised system of justice with local and royal courts. The Brehon laws continued to be used across the majority of the country, particularly because the Irish were excluded from the benefits of Norman law. As such, the Normans then had to decide to either be swallowed by the culture of the Irish or keep them completely at…

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Round Towers In Ireland

Round towers are clearly phallic symbols but besides that, did they serve much purpose? Of course. The popular story is that they were safe places to flee to and climb up when the Vikings came a-looting. There is, of course, the problem that the Vikings weren’t exactly stupid and had mastered the basics of the wooden ladder centuries before they mastered the sea in their long boats. Besides that, there…

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The Anglo-Irish Church (1185 -)

The Anglo Irish Church Henry II’s son, Prince John, eventually took over the Ireland campaign. One of his first moves was to give the Diocese of Dublin to his Norman candidate. With it, he gave him grants of land and spiritual jurisdiction. Most notable of which was the area of Glendalough. Taking this off the Irish clergy took years to suppress and get handed over in 1192. It was the start…

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The Norman Invasion

The Norman invasion was inevitable. They had had amazing success in England and the rest of Britain since the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and, despite Henry II’s disinterest in Ireland, the rest of the Normans were hungry for lands and titles. So what led to the invasion in 1169? Why were they so successful, despite shorter numbers? Why didn’t the Irish unite against them and drive them out when…

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Brian Boru & The Vikings

The Viking Invasion We all know Brian Boru drove back the Viking invasion in 1014, right? RIGHT? Well done to those who shook their heads. This is a pseudo-history brought forward by Brian Boru’s grandson to boost his family’s name and prestige. The truth is that Vikings were here long before Brian was even born. Vikings first landed in Ireland somewhere around the year 794 when they started their raids…

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Ringforts In Ireland

  The above is a ringfort. There are two types of ringforts in Ireland, those made from stone and those made from earth. There are over 45,000 of them spread across the country and they do not all look like this. This example is in immaculate condition. In fact, for the vast, vast majority, you could have walked through it without ever realising it was there. It’s said that you can’t go…

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