Diarmaid & Strongbow

Director: Brendan Culleton

Ireland. 2005| 52 mins

1166 AD. A once rich and powerful Irish King who has fled for his life. A dispossessed Norman lord trying to improve his fortunes. Together
Diarmait Mac Murchada and Richard FitzGilbert de Clare plan to bring to Ireland an army of the most skilled and ruthless warriors in Europe: the Normans. Diarmait Mac Murchada would be vilified down through the ages for bringing the Normans to Ireland, but had he not died ‘before his time’, things might have been very different. This documentary explores how an attempt to bring about a revolutionary transformation of Irish society instead left only a legacy that would plague these islands for centuries to come – the claim of the English crown on Ireland.

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