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Geography of Ireland



432 St. Patrick travels to Ireland, according to legend

795 The first Viking raids on Ireland take place

841 The Norse set up permanent encampment at Dublin

1171 Irish kings submit to the British King Henry II

1315 Edward Bruce arrives in Ireland and rallies many Irish lords against Anglo-Norman rule

1607 The Flight of the Irish Earls sees the exile of Ulster’s Gaelic aristocracy

1609 The Plantation of Ulster colonizes land with people from England and Scottish lowlands

1649 Oliver Cromwell’s forces massacre Irish townspeople in Drogheda

1652 Cromwellian Settlement results in confiscation of Catholics’ land

1660 The English King William defeats the exiled English King James II at the Battle of the Boyne

1691 Penal law bans Catholics from membership in Parliament

1737 Boston’s Charitable Irish Society holds the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Thirteen Colonies

Weather-related famine results in widespread deaths

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