The Norman Way

Co. Wexford, Ireland

In 1166, Diarmuid MacMurrough was ousted as King of Leinster, fled Ireland and sought help from Henry II. Henry gave Diarmuid permission to recruit mercenaries and authorised his subjects to help Diarmuid.

In May 1169 the Normans first landed in Ireland at Bannow Bay in Wexford. They set about conquering Leinster and the territories over which Diarmuid claimed sovereignty. This intriguing tale of the journey from invaders to becoming ‘more Irish than the Irish themselves’ (remove comma) can be rediscovered among the gems on The Norman Way of Wexford – it will win you over as we did the Normans all those years ago.



  • Member of Wexford Heritage Trail
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