History of Ireland

Early Ireland: 10000BC to 2000BC

The first Irish people, who probably arrived from Scotland about 9000 years ago, were hunter gatherers, constantly on the move in search of food. The legacy of extraordinary buildings and artefacts …

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Pre-Christian Ireland 2000 BC – 400 AD

Pre-christian Ireland had a complex and well ordered social structure, and have left us a legacy that has persisted for centuries. But was it Celtic Ireland? …

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The Coming of Christianity: 400AD – 800AD

The coming of Christianity brought not just faith but the important skills of reading and writing, until now unavailable to the Celts. It also heralded the beginning of a rise …

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The Vikings in Ireland: 800AD–1169

The Vikings held sway in Ireland from 795 AD until defeated by Brian Boru at the battle of Clontarf in 1014. While they are not remembered fondly in Ireland, with …

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Strongbow and the Normans: 1170 – 1536

In 1170 Ireland was again invaded, by the Normans, led by Strongbow, beginning a period of almost 800 years of occupation. The importance of the Normans in Ireland's history cannot be …

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