Irish History For Dummies
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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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Mike Cronin, PhD, is the academic director at the Centre for Irish Programmes, Boston College Ireland. Mike has taught history to university students for close to 20 years, and he has written five books on Irish history.

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