Discover the origins of Ireland’s iconic castles  

Castles are one of the most evocative icons of our medieval past.  Ireland has a vast array of fortifications, ranging from earthwork structures to large stone fortresses.  But what was the origin of castles in Ireland?  Did they come in with the Anglo Normans after the invasions of the late-twelfth century, or could it be said that castles existed in Ireland before the Normans?  I was delighted to have the opportunity to discuss some of these questions with Professor Tadhg O’Keeffe of UCD School of Archaeology.  We also look at how Irish castles compare with those of England, Wales and the rest of Europe, and the significance of sites like Roscommon Castle.