Normans in Ireland
It was the year 1166
when the Normans came to Ireland. They first landed on the coast of Wexford. When they started to build castles they built wooden castles first. They brought in languages like French and English. Many Irish people could not understand the Normans. When the Normans moved into Ireland they built castles to keep control of the area. At first the castles were made of wood but later they were replaced by stone castles. Many of the buildings of the Normans were made of stone and are still standing after hundreds of years. The Normans were famous as builders of castles. But also built many large churches and monasteries.
The Normans brought
peasants (Farmers) from England and Wales to Ireland. They gave them there own
peasants lived in villages. A village and the land around it was called a Manor.
The Manor belonged to the lord. Some lords had castles on their Manor. But many
lords could not afford to build a castle. They lived in a house. It is called
the Manor-House. Irish towns began in the middle ages. The Vikings started some
towns and the Normans started others.
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