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Norman conquest and the Battle of Hastings

(1177 -1181) The Norman Invasion XVI – The arrival of Hugh de Lacy

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This show sees the arrival of the man who is probably the most important figure in our story after Strongbow. Hugh de Lacy, the Lord of Meath ruled over 800,000 acres of land north of Dublin. When he arrived however it was ruined by years of war. During his first four years as the kings representative in Ireland he transformed these territories, but it came at a cost. Nevertheless by the time he was finished many would struggle to recognise what had once been the Southern O’Neill kingdom of Meath.

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(1177) The Norman Invasion XV – The Invasion of Munster.

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So far in the story of the invasion the kingdoms of Munster – Desmond and Thomond have escaped relatively unscathed. That is until this episode. In this show we see a fresh Norman army land in Waterford bent on conquering … read more

(1176-77) The Norman Invasion XIV – New Blood

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The last show on the Norman Invasion ended in somewhat dramatic circumstances with the death of Strongbow, the leader of the Norman Invasion. As you can imagine the fall out from this was immense. The episode begins with a group … read more

(1173-75) The Norman Invasion XII – ‘Revolt and Reprisal’.

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In 1173 Strongbow returned to Ireland after fighting in Normandy for his king Henry II. Within months he faced one of the biggest crises since the invasion had begun as Gaelic resistance to the Invasion surged. Not only was his … read more