On May 1st 1169, Robert FitzStephen a Norman Knight from Wales, finds himself on Bannow Strand, Ireland leading 300 Norman mercenaries. Their mission – to restore Diarmait McMurrough, the one time gaelic king of Leinster, to power. However both they … read more
Movies about Ireland and Irish history have been a cinema favourite for decades. Everyone from John Ford to more recently Ken Loach have turned their hand to portraying Ireland on the big screen. Lesser known however is the German Max … read more
Over the last few weeks Ireland has been rocked by yet another child abuse scandal. Newspaper headlines around the world have reported in disbelief details of how society in Ireland treated unmarried mothers and their children in so called “Mother … read more
Much has changed in Dublin over the past 700 years. Long gone are the dark narrow, winding medieval lanes and alleys. The wide modern city streets are clean while the medieval aroma of putrefying cesspits no longer wafts through the … read more
Over the coming year I will be releasing the following audiobooks. As the millenium of the Battle of Clontarf approaches I am producing a two hour audiobook on the life of Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf in the … read more
On 8th and 22th of August I am organising what will be fascinating journeys through some of the darker chapters in our history. Beginning in the city's days as a slave port, this tour will take you through a Dublin that was a raucous medieval capital and frontier settlement.
This was a fascinating and at times hair raising world - a 40th birthday was a rare luxury experienced by few, violence was common and diseases like the Black Death killed people by the thousand.