medieval faughart

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St. Bridgit's

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Gap of the North

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View from Faughart Hill

 

 In 1315 we see the arrival of Edward Bruce who led the Irish Chieftains against the Anglo Norman's.  He had himself crowned High King of Ireland at Dundalk in 1316.

 

In 1318 he was defeated and killed at the Battle of Faughart.  One of the great castles Built in this area was Roche Castle.  This was completed by Roshida De Verdon  (grand – daughter of Bertram) as a fortification on the northern end of the Pale.

 

Although times were hard and we still had poverty and disease, some people were having better times.   Rich noble people made up 5% - 10-% of the population, another 5% were wealthy professional, lawyers and merchants.  The rest of the population were very poor and many were beggars.

 

The Lords built castles and large houses whilst the poor lived in hovels and slums.

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Bruce's Grave

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Bruce's Grave

 

 

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This project has been worked on by the Transition Year students of St. Mary's College, Dundalk, Co. Louth, IRELAND. Feel free to email them at marist@iol.ie . Many thanks also to Mr. Hugh Smyth, of County Louth Historical Tours and the County Museum. Please visit his website at http://gofree.indigo.ie/~colouth.

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Thanks also to Py Bertha who kindly allowed us to use music from his website - please visit it.

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Some graphics also came from the Celtic Art Webpage.

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