A few weeks ago I hit the road with a recorder taking in some of the best medieval sites in Ireland. The show takes in 1000 years of Irish history in one day-trip. Starting in around the year 600 in the monastery Glendalough at sunrise before driving through the Wicklow mountains to Kilkenny, I visited many places mentioned in the podcast. The trip finished off in the 16th century in a spot off the beaten track, but a real forgotten gem.
You can join me on a similar trip on Saturday June 6th (2015). Mail booking@Irishhistorytours.ie to book your spot on what will be a unique trip.
This Saturday (March 28th) at 1 p.m. I am organising a tour of medieval Dublin. Check out my video for what to expect. Tickets cost €20 (which includes access to Christchurch Cathedral and crypt). Book your place by filling on … read more
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 … read more
This is just a brief update on where the series has taken us so far, some problems encountered and what to expect next… http://traffic.libsyn.com/irishhistory/Update_on_the_Norman_Invasion.mp3 read more
“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there” so said the novelist L.P. Hartley. While this is true of all history the medieval past is a very strange country indeed. I am currently writing my second book … read more
The medieval town of Carcassonne in the south of France is stunning. Miles of walls, punctuated by towers and gates, enclose a beautiful town of narrow, cobbled streets. Even if some of the 19th-century restoration work leaves a little to … read more
After their brutal conquest on Waterford, Diarmait McMurrough and his Norman allies marshaled their forces and marched on Dublin. If the most important town in medieval Ireland fell into their hands it could be a game changer. The claims of … read more
Movies about Ireland and Irish history have been a cinema favourite for decades. Everyone from John Ford to more recently Ken Loach have turned their hand to portraying Ireland on the big screen. Lesser known however is the German Max … read more
This is a picture of children in the Bons Secours home in Glenamaddy shortly before the institution moved to the now infamous location in Tuam. In Tuam nearly 800 children died some of whom were buried in a septic tank … read more
‘Brian Boru – Life, power and conquest in medieval Ireland’ is set in a world where life was cheap and blood was the price of power. In a scintillating two hour narrative (see preview below) the audiobook tells the story … read more