Ireland and England are neighbors separated only by the Irish Sea. For a long time, the neighbors hardly bothered each other. But that was to change: in 1169, with papal approval, the Anglo-Norman campaigns in Ireland began. The trigger was the expelled little king of Leinster, Diarmuid Mac Murchadha Caomhánach, who wanted to reconquer his kingdom with the support of the English king Henry II. Some Welsh Marches barons pledged their support for him. After the first attacks in 1169, Richard Strongbow supported a force. The English could conquer a part of Leinster and Dublin. During the following centuries, English rule in Ireland was sometimes stronger and sometimes less pronounced. But parts of Ireland have always been under English control. At the end of the Norman conquest, only the Dublin region remained firmly in English hands.
Ballygally Castle is located at the end of the famed Causeway Coastal Route, overlooking the beautiful beaches of Ballygally Bay and giving magnificent views of the Irish Sea. This lovely castle is strategically positioned for easy access to major to
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