The term medieval overlaps with the early Christian period in Ireland.

The first Viking raid on Ireland took place in 795 AD.

The Anglo-Normans first came to Ireland to assist Diarmuid MacMurrough, king of Leinster in 1169.

An Anglo-Norman colony soon developed in parts of Ireland and encroached on Gaelic society.

There was a resurgence of Gaelic power and influence in the fourteenth century.

A plague called the 'Black Death' reached Ireland in 1348.

The Statute of Kilkenny in 1366 shows how the English colonists feared and despised the influence of the Gaelic Irish.

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