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.
A couple of weeks ago, I visited Dunluce Castle as part of my research for the Carrickfergus Castle siege! project. As I rounded the coastline and caught sight of the castle I was astounded by its beauty. The ruined castle was bathed in sunlight, perched on a precipitous cliff with the waves crashing against the rocks below. I got a real sense of the power of the structure, having the strength to withstand centuries of conflict and bitter northerly gales. Continue reading “Dunluce Castle”
The long bow was an important weapon in the armoury of medieval castles, so I braved the rain and paid a visit to Carrickfergus Castle for the Living History archery display. Continue reading “Carrickfergus Castle Living History- archery”
I recently received funding from the Arts Council’s Creative Industries Innovations Fund to build my Carrickfergus Castle Siege! App. This mission style app seeks to provide a engaging way for young people to learn about the defensive history of the castle using live action and role play. Continue reading “Carrickfergus Castle Siege! App”