King John’s Castle is situated in King’s Island on the outskirts of Limerick City beside the River Shannon.
I chose to base my assignment on this castle because it's one of the most popular tourist spot in Limerick City and I had previously visited it on a school tour a few years ago so I already had a basic knowledge of the place.
It was built in 1200 and most of the castle still remains today, including the towers, walls and fortifications. The viking, Thormodr Helgason constructed the first viking castle in Inis in 922. Year 937 the Limerick Vikings fought with the Dublin vikings and they lost. Year 943 they lost again when the chief of the Dalcassian clan and king of munster and the Limerick Vikings had no choice but to pay tribute to the clans. The power of the Vikings was never reestablished.
When the Anglo-Normans arrived to the area in 1172, it changed everything. Domhnall Mór Ó Briain set fire to the city in 1174 to keep it safe from intruders. When he died in 1194, the Anglo-Normans took over the city in controlled by John, Lord of Ireland. The castle, built from the request of King John, was finished in around the years of 1200.
In the Siege of Limerick 1642, the castle was burnt badly. The people inside surrendered in time, and dodged the walss collapsing. Much damage has been created to the walls.
The following is pictures of myself at this Castle.
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