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This show looks at some of the most pivotal events in Ireland’s history. As Part I of the Norman invasion drew to a close Diarmait McMurrough, the King of Leinster was routed after his powerful ally Muirchertach McLochlainn was killed in 1166.His rivals Rory O’Connor and Tiernan O’Rourke then forced him into exile.

This episode follows Diarmait as he journeys through the medieval crossroads that was the Irish sea in the Middle Ages. Diarmait is on mission to find allies in the powerful Norman Angevin Empire of Henry II who will restore him to power in Ireland. He is in a desperate position – if he cannot secure the help of Henry II he is doomed. His enthralling quest takes us across Northern Europe from Wales to Normandy and even as far as the Duchy of Aquitaine in western France. Before the show ends he will have met with King Henry II and  several Norman nobles not least among them Strongbow. The history of Ireland hangs in the balance as Diarmait negotiates with some of the most ruthless men for their military aid.

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(1166-67) In search of kings, lords & allies – The Norman Invasion part II

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