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(1175-76) The Norman Invasion XIII – The end of the beginning

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This podcast takes the story to a pivotal year in the Norman Invasion of Ireland – 1176. The episode begins where part XII left off – in the aftermath of Raymond le Gros’ successful siege of Limerick. Raymond makes his way back to Dublin where he receives the shock of lifetime. He is not welcomed by his fellow Normans but instead faces accusations of treachery.  This show sees the Normans turn on each other and then ends in the most dramatic of circumstances! Listen to find out more about these intriguing events

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