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Castles and forts of Ireland

Slade castle, The Hook

Slade Castle, Co. Wexford

Slade castle. Located in the picturesque fishing village of Slade on the Hook Peninsula in Co. Wexford this remarkably well-preserved castle was built by the Laffan family.  Of Anglo-Norman stock, the Laffans were among the first wave of colonists to arrive in Ireland after Richard de Clare’s (Strongbow) invasion of 1169/70. They quickly became established […]

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Moated sites; defended homesteads of the 13th and 14th centuries

  Moated sites are rectangular shaped enclosures that are primarily associated with the 13th and 14th century Anglo-Norman colonisation of Ireland.  They were most likely the homes of minor lords and well-to-do tenant farmers and would have formed the focal point of large agricultural estates.   In some instance they may also have represented outlying grange […]

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