In the summer of 1170, Ireland stood on a precipice. After the arrival of several hundred Norman mercenaries in 1169 the fortunes of Diarmait McMurrough had changed. He had reconquered his lost power in the kingdom of Leinster and re-established … read more
I spent several hours in the national archives today waiting for a lost file to be found. The tantilisingly named file that I felt was worth the wait, proved to be just that – tantilisingly named, it’s contents were remarkably … read more
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
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 23rd 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.