Episode guide

Tales of Irish Castles

Series 1

Tales of Irish Castles

  • The Normans Are Coming

    Simon Delaney celebrates the stunning citadels of Eire. Hear how the Norman invasion of Ireland in the 12th century led to the mass-building of castles.

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  • Don't Mess with a Knight

    What have the Normans ever done for us? Simon Delaney salutes the Norman knights who led a castle building spree in Eire in the 13th and 14th centuries.

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  • The Fightback

    Hear interesting facts about Ireland's fortresses. As Irish clans resisted Anglo-Norman settlers in the 1400s and 1500s, a new type of castle emerged: the tower house.

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  • A Century of Turmoil

    Simon Delaney takes viewers to the castles - from Limerick to Kilkenny - that played integral roles in the bloodiest period of Irish history: the 17th century.

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  • A Taste for Gothic

    Simon Delaney applauds some fine examples of Gothic castles in Ireland that really capture the imagination, from the magical Tullynally to the august Charleville.

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  • End of Empire

    Final part of Simon Delaney's fine series. Hear how famine and social strife in the 19th and 20th centuries left many of Ireland's iconic castles in a state of ruin.

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