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Tales of Irish Castles

In the 12th century, the political situation made Ireland ripe for Norman conquest and the beginning of castle-building in Dublin and beyond.
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Overview

In the 12th century, the political situation made Ireland ripe for Norman conquest and the beginning of castle-building in Dublin and beyond. As Strongbow made his way to Irish ground, King Henry grew concerned about a breech of power.

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The Normans Are Coming

01: The Normans Are Coming

In the 12th century, the political situation made Ireland ripe for Norman conquest and the beginning of castle-building in Dublin and beyond.

44 min
Don't Mess With a Knight

02: Don't Mess With a Knight

In the 13th and 14th centuries, the influence and power of key Norman knights, particularly William Marshall, helped alter the landscape of Ireland.

42 min
The Fightback

03: The Fightback

As Irish clans fought back against Anglo-Norman settlers in the 15th and 16th centuries, a new type of castle emerged: the tower house.

43 min
A Century of Turmoil

04: A Century of Turmoil

Castles were at the forefront of the bloodiest century in Irish history, from the Cromwellian wars of the 1640s to the Williamite wars in the 1690s.

45 min
A Taste for Gothic

05: A Taste for Gothic

Following a period of peace in Ireland, castles no longer served as military strongholds and instead were adapted into elegant homes for the wealthy.

44 min
End of Empire

06: End of Empire

As political and social unrest swept Ireland in the 20th century, debt-ridden castles fell into disrepair and into the hands of the nouveau riche.

43 min