A Heritage From Stone: The Message from Abroad

A Heritage From Stone: The Message from Abroad

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Armagh, Audleys Castle, Audley's Castle, Bangor Abbey, Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus Castle, Dundrum Castle, Dunluce Castle, Greyabbey, Narrow Water Castle, St Patricks Church of Ireland Cathedral, St Patrick's Church of Ireland Cathedral





26min 35sec




Betacam SP



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Ireland developed its own special type of architecture mostly due to its island characteristics and relative isolation from outer influences. However, in the 12th century Ireland was exposed to two major influences from Europe that would dramatically change its landscape. Brian Boyd takes a tour of the architectural heritage of the time and explores the physical traces of these influences.

First, it was the formation of the Irish Church in the medieval times attributed to St Malachy. He promoted the idea of diocese rather than community basis in monastic orders. The second major influence of this period were the Normans who cleverly used an opportunity and stationed themselves in Ireland. Having conquered eastern Ulster, John de Courcy built his strongholds in the region, Carrickfergus and Dundrum Castle. Security was paramount in this period and this was evident in the defence features of the buildings built during this period. Brian Boyd visits a range of medieval castles such as Dunluce and Audley Castle as well as early religious houses such as Greyabbey and St Patrick’s Cathedral of Church of Ireland in Armagh.


Ulster Television would like to thank

Historic Monuments & Buildings Branch Department of the Environment for N.I.
The National Trust
Thomas Ryan R.H.A. ‘The Flight of the Earls’


Written by Brian Boyd
Produced and Directed by Ruth Johnston
Music Composed by John Anderson
Advisor: Alistair Rowan University College, Dublin
Stills: Kenneth McNally
Graphic Design: Brian Owens
Production Assistant: Sara Bell
Lighting: Maurice Blair
Camera: Sam Christie
Location Sound: Rai Woods
Sound Mixer: Bruce Switzer
Picture Editor: Brian O’Rourke


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