Tag: Normans

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”

View of Greencastle from the road


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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