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”
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.
I was up in Derry on another lovely, autumn day to test the latest updates of the Siege of Derry game and to demonstrate the app to Gail from the NIEA and archaeologist, Ruairí. Apart from a few minor glitches, the new Android/Apple version is working well. and should be ready for publication in the near future. Continue reading “17th Century Derry brought to life”
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”