Category: Siege! at Carrickfergus Castle

Screengrab from Siege! at Carrickfergus Castle app

Download Siege! at Carrickfergus Castle App

The Siege! at Carrickfergus Castle App is now available to download for free for Android and Apple mobile devices. The Siege! app contains a mission-style game and an interactive map that explores Anglo-Norman military strategy and the defensive architecture of the Carrickfergus Castle.  The game is best played on location at the castle and uses interactive role-play and atmospheric video to bring the 1315-16 Bruce siege to life.

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Medieval reenactment- Normans and Scots fight with swords and axes

Edward Bruce’s Invasion of Ireland

Edward Bruce invaded Ireland in 1315. Carrickfergus Castle was the Earl of Ulster’s seat of administration, it was of strategic importance and key to a successful campaign in Ulster. Edward Bruce lay siege to the castle for a year between september 1315-1316. The siege of Carrickfergus Castle app is based on  Bruce’s  siege of Carrickfergus Castle. The following research was used to create the game’s narrative and provides historical context. Continue reading “Edward Bruce’s Invasion of Ireland”

The remains of Keep stand behind the curtain walls Dundrum Castle

Dundrum Castle

Last Friday I was out on the road visiting medieval castles in County Down as part of research for Carrickfergus Siege! app. First stop was Dundrum Castle, an Anglo-Norman fortification situated on a hill, 10 minutes walk from Dundrum’s main street. The site consists of the remains of a 17th century manor house, 12th Century curtain walls and 13th century keep and gatehouse. Dundrum Castle was began by John de Courcy in the 12th century to guard the land routes from Drogheda via Greencastle to Downpatrick. Continue reading “Dundrum Castle”