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Medieval History

Bunratty Castle’s Horrible History

Bunratty castle celebrates its fiftieth anniversary of hosting comercial medieval banquets this year however this pleasant aesthetic hides a darker history of the castle. Built in the mid 13th century, Bunratty passed to the Lord of...
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Medieval Dublin; A Tale Of Two Cities

By the late 13th century medieval Dublin had reached its zenith. Having benefited from over a century of trade, it was unquestionably the primary settlement in Ireland. While not the biggest walled town –...
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5 Great fires of Medieval Dublin

Everyone has heard of the Great fire of London in 1666 when vast swathes of the city were engulfed in an inferno. Such fires were common in medieval cities which were largely constructed of...
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Tales from the ‘Land of War’

Medieval life has fascinated those interested in history for generations. Our curiosity is stimulated by a macabre interest in the harshness of daily life – the casual murder rate was twenty times higher than...
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A 14th century heist

Ireland in the 14th century was a land torn apart by war. A vast stretch of territory including modern day Carlow, Kildare and Dublin were exposed to ever increasing raids from the Gaelic Irish...
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The peasant strike of 1299

In the final years of the 13th century, Ireland settled into a few years of relative calm after what had been a period of chaos, war and famine known as “the time of disturbance”...
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Female spies in 14th century Ireland…..

Medieval warfare was traditionally thought to be the preserve of men. However 14th century records illustrate gaelic Irish women participated in warfare acting as spies moving between the Anglo Norman colony and Gaelic Ireland....
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The medieval Irish mullet.

The mullet is perhaps one of the more controversial of hairstyles. In a low point of modern culture this hairstyle reached unprecedented popularity in the 80’s. However if you’ve braved the taunts and abuse...
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