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Season 1

22 Jun. 2014
The Normans Are Coming
In the 12th century, the political situation made Ireland ripe for Norman conquest and the beginning of castle-building in Dublin and beyond.
29 Jun. 2014
Don't Mess with a Knight
As Norman influence spread in Ireland in the 13th and 14th centuries, powerful knights sparked a castle-building boom in Kilkenny and beyond.
6 Jul. 2014
The Fightback
As documented in Leap and elsewhere, castle design soon changed when the Irish fought back against the Anglo-Normans in the 15th and 16the centuries.
13 Jul. 2014
A Century of Turmoil
In the 17th century, strategically important castles at Limerick, Birr and elsewhere played critical roles in a hundred years of bloody wars.
20 Jul. 2014
A Taste for Gothic
With the advent of the cannon in the 18th and 19th centuries, castles such as Tullynally morphed from military strongholds into lordly family homes.
27 Jul. 2014
End of Empire
As political and social unrest swept Ireland in the 20th century, debt-ridden castles fell into disrepair and into the hands of the nouveau riche.

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