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How Waterford won its Civic Sword: the battle of Ballymacaw

The battle of Ballymacaw is known from two accounts, both compiled at the end of the sixteenth and beginning of the seventeenth centuries.

The Irish DNA Atlas: Revealing Fine-Scale Population Structure and History within Ireland

The Irish DNA Atlas: Revealing Fine-Scale Population Structure and History within Ireland By Edmund Gilbert, Seamus O’Reilly, Michael Merrigan, Darren McGettigan, Anne M. Molloy, Lawrence C. Brody, Walter Bodmer, Katarzyna Hutnik, Sean Ennis, Daniel J. Lawson, James F. Wilson and Gianpiero L. Cavalle Nature: Scientific Reports 7:17199, 2017 Located off the North-Western seaboard of Europe, Ireland’s geographic situation is […]

The Soul of Early Irish Monasticism

Not many people are aware that when it comes to Irish religious history, St Patrick only scratches the surface. The island in fact has a rich and fascinating Christian heritage, of which monks and sprawling monastic communities play a central role.

Researchers unlock the chemistry of Irish medieval manuscripts

Hidden away among the letters and words that cover the Gaelic manuscripts of the late middle ages is a world of minerals and chemical compounds. These chemicals have their own tales to tell about the craft and ingenuity of the scribes.

The defensibility of Irish Tower Houses

Recent research carried out at Queen’s University, Belfast has taken a slightly different approach to the study of tower-houses. Instead of looking at the tower as a whole, this study focused on one important feature of the tower-house – the door – crucial to the defence of the tower.

When We Were Monsters: Ethnogenesis in Medieval Ireland 800-1366

Ethnogenesis, or the process of identity construction occurred in medieval Ireland as a reaction to laws passed by the first centralized government on the island.

The Case of the Corrupt Archbishop

How a 14th century archbishop spent years orchestrating an elaborate plot of embezzlement and forgery.

Network Analysis of the Viking Age in Ireland as portrayed in Cogadh Gaedhel re Gallaibh

The year 2014 marked the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf, an iconic event in the history of Ireland.

Stay in a Medieval Castle in Ireland!

Are you a history lover looking for a unique experience? Become an authentic medieval “overknighter” at The Black Castle

Ireland in Late Antiquity: A Forgotten Frontier?

This paper argues that it is more fruitful to examine the relationship between Ireland and its neighbors from c. 150–c. 550 C.E., through a frontier dynamic, a dynamic in which religious identity was but one factor among many.

Book Excerpt: Warriors and Kings The 1500-Year Battle For Celtic Britain by Martin Wall

For those of you looking for something Celtic to read this spring, author Martin Wall brings us Warriors and Kings: The 1500-Year Battle for Celtic Britain.

Book Review: Occupying Space in Medieval and Early Modern Britain and Ireland

Our review of ‘Occupying Space in Medieval and Early Modern Britain and Ireland’

Irish and British saints of the early medieval period

Irish saints tend to be studied en masse.

Early Irish history: the state of the art

Early Irish studies should be engaging with three distinct audiences: these are made up of scholars within the field, medievalists outside of it and the interested public.

The Desire for Solitude: The Secret Poems of Irish Monks

Medieval monks worked long hours in silence copying and illustrating manuscripts. But what happened when their minds began to wander?

The Tower-House Castle: Not Exactly Fit for a King

House, Tower, Castle. It’s like a weird hand of Cards Against Humanity or Apples to Apples but these special types of castles are common in Scotland and Ireland. The 13th century concentric castles of Edward I, a.k.a. Longshanks, a.k.a. Hammer of the Scots, are some of the most well-known surviving medieval structures. His castles are […]

Druids, deer and ‘words of power’: coming to terms with evil in medieval Ireland

Our focus is on medieval Irish literature—one of the earliest written vernaculars in Europe. Within this rich tradition, the face of evil changes according to genre.

From Ringwork to Stone Fortification: Power and the Evolution of Anglo-Norman Castles in North-Eastern Ireland

It focuses on two key and archaeologically well-explored castles: Trim and Carrickfergus, and their supporting fortification networks.

Hy-Brassil: Irish origins of Brazil

The name Brazil is probably the sweetest sounding name that any large race of the Earth possesses

Soldiers of Christ: The Knights Hospitaller and the Knights Templar in medieval Ireland

In an Irish context, the Knights Hospitaller and the Knights Templar were the most significant expressions of this unusual vocation that sought to combine military service with monastic observance.

The sin of crime: The Mutual Influence of the Early Irish and Anglo-Saxon Penitentials and Secular Laws

One of the most fascinating questions concerning Medieval Irish and Anglo-Saxon society is not one about what was done when all went well, but rather, what was sought to be done when matters were not as they ought to be.

Raiders from the North: Irish Enslavement during the Viking Age

Both the interactions with the Irish as well as the enslavement of the Irish influenced Norse culture.

Medieval Hangover Cures

Here are a few hangover cures from days gone by, because people who partied like it was 1399 also needed a little help the morning after.

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