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Irish History For Dummies

Ireland’s history includes several twists and turns down through the centuries. With invasions, revolutions, emigrations and executions, Irish history boasts a wealth of intense drama.

Key Dates in Irish History

Ireland has had a vast history of vast invasions, revolutions, wars and conflicts. Take a look at the major periods in Ireland’s history through the ages broken down.

Ancient Ireland

c. 12000 – 2750 BC Neolithic Ireland
2750 – 600 BC The Bronze Age
700 – 150 BC Arrival of the Celts
430 – 800 Christianity Established

The Middle Ages

800 – 900 Viking invasions
1170 – 1270 Norman Ireland
1270 – 1366 English settlement and repression
1370 – 1455 Irish Revival and the Pale
1455 – 1541 Wars of the Roses and Geraldine domination

Early Modern Ireland

1532 – 1603 Ireland and the Reformation
1558 – 1647 The Plantations
1649 – 60 Cromwellian Ireland
1660 – 90 Establishment of Protestant supremacy

The Modern Age in Ireland

1695 – 1782 Penal Laws and repression
1782 – 1800 Period of Irish parliamentarianism
1800 – 1922 Ireland and Union
1845 – 51 Famine and Emigration
1875 – 1916 Campaign for Home Rule
1916 – 23 Irish Revolution
1921 – 72 Stormont government of Northern Ireland
1922 – 48 Irish Free State
1949 – 2000s The Irish Republic
1960s – 2000s Troubles in Northern Ireland
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