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”
I visited Derry a few weeks ago for another round of Siege of Derry app testing. In between circuits of the walls I was able to visit the city’s First World War memorials to see if I could discover my great-uncle’s inscription. I visited the beautifully restored St Columb’s Cathedral and was able to locate the First World War memorial half way down the north aisle. The memorial consists of a bronze plaque surrounded by carved white stone. I read the list of the names of soldiers who died during the war and found my uncle’s name; Robert Hamilton. Above the list, the dedication reads: Continue reading “First World War Memorials Derry”
More than half of young Britons are unable to name the years the First World War started and ended, according to a survey which highlights a “shaky” grasp of even basic details about the conflict.