Tag: Edward Bruce

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”

View of Greencastle from the road

Greencastle

Second stop on the road trip was Greencastle near Kilkeel. The impressive 13th century keep dominates the skyline for miles around. The Anglo-Norman castle was built in the 13th century by Hugh De Lacy to defend the southern approaches to the Earldom of Ulster. Together with Carlingford Castle, Greencastle guarded access to Carlingford Lough.

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