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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 and Diarmait have much greater ambitions.

With a few days of arriving in Ireland the Normans are outside the walls of Wexford besieging what is one of Ireland’s most important medieval towns. Although few know it at the time the Norman conquest is well underway. However its not all plain sailing for the Normans – before this show ends they will face the wrath of Ireland’s most powerful king Rory O’Connor.

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(1169-70) The Norman Invasion IV. The siege of Wexford and the conquest of Leinster.

 

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