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This is the first in a multipart series on the Norman invasion of Ireland. The Invasion was one of the most important and fascinating events in Irish history beginning Ireland’s turbulent relationship with England. While the first Norman mercenaries landed in 1167 the back story to their arrival is crucial to understanding the subsequent invasion. This backstory forms the basis of this podcast. It is a great tale in its own right – the story of the last great contest between Gaelic Kings to dominate Ireland. This sees Rory O’Connor of Connacht and Muirchertach McLochlainn of Ulster fight a protracted war over ten years. Through this fascinating and bloody encounter you will meet kings who will become key players during the invasion which will be covered in future shows. These include Diarmait McMurrough and Tiernan O’Rourke.

In the podcast I advertise my first tour of the summer of Medieval Dublin which is on Saturday, June 14th. You can read more about this here. Places are strictly limited to guarantee your place mail me at history@irishhistorypodcast.ie

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The Norman Invasion of Ireland Part I (1156-1166)

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