On This Day in History: 1171, England Invades the Kingdom of Dublin

 Invited by Diarmaid mac Murchadha, the deposed King of Leinster who wanted his throne back, the English landed on the coast of Ireland in 1169. Within weeks Diarmaid regained his throne, but the English stayed and raided neighbouring kingdoms, living out the old adage, be careful what you wish for. 

The English King, Henry II, now saw Ireland as a rich source of income and he was aided by the Church who wanted religious reform in the Emerald Isle, and so in September 1171, the Kingdom of Dublin was invaded, part of the start of a series of conquests over Ireland, which remained under English, then British rule, until 1921 


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