Irish History in 6 Minutes – Manny Man Does The History of Ireland


First, Stone Age man built the big tombs such as Newgrange which is older than Stonehenge and the pyramids of Giza. By the time the Celtic culture came to Ireland, people had forgotten who built them and explained them with awesome stories of giants and heroes and fairies. The Celts loved their music and art, and fighting with each other a lot… and stealing house a lot… not to mention inventing Halloween where they sacrificed animals and people in great bonfires to keep the faeries away from their door and welcome the dead back for one night on one night only. Then St Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland. The early Christians very wisely incorporated old Celtic traditions into Christianity resulting in things like the old spring goddess Brigid becoming St Brigid. While the rest of Europe fell apart after the end of the Roman Empire, Ireland enjoyed probably one of its most productive times in its history as the monks in their monasteries produced beautiful treasures and books. This is where Ireland became known as the Isle of Saints and Scholars. But then the Vikings came and ruined everything… sort of. They raided the monasteries and stole their treasure, but apparently they liked Ireland so much that some of them decided to stay. They set up Dublin along with most of the major ports on the island. About a hundred years after conquering Britain, the Normans came to Ireland, having been invited by the king of Leinster to help win his throne. The Norman leader known as Strong Bow came, defeated the Vikings and the Irish and became the new king of Leinster and began what became the Norman rule which spread across Ireland. The Normans built the first castles in Ireland and set up more towns. The Gaelic Irish weren’t known for building towns, and because of this when the Black Death reached Ireland, the Normans were much more affected than the Gaelic Irish. The English became worried that the Normans in Ireland were becoming more Irish than the Irish, so they banned them from marrying into Irish families or speaking the Irish language. Whoop! When the Tudor King Henry VIII wanted a divorce, he split from the Catholic Church and in turn stripped the church of its power in Ireland, seizing their gold and treasures and destroying many monasteries. His daughters Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth I continued a strong rule over Ireland and attempted plantations in Laois, Offaly and Munster, but the Irish were too tough to live with for the planters. In Elizabeth’s last years, she fought a nine-year war against the chieftains of Ulster, the last corner of open rebellion against her. Hugh O’Neill surrendered eventually only to find out that she had died a few weeks prior to the surrender! The new King of England, James I, who was Scottish, went about doing things a little differently. Rather than punishing the rebels Rory O’Donnell and Hugh O’Neill, he made them earls. The earls soon discovered that they had little real power and decided to leave Ireland and return with an army to retake the country!… they never returned and the Flight of the Earls left Ireland up for grabs with no more Irish Chieftains left. King James arranged the Plantation of Ulster which was so successful, much of it still exists today! There were plenty rebellions from the native Irish including a very bloody and violent one in which many planters were massacred.
Word of these massacres reached England and people were appalled. In England, a puritan named Oliver Cromwell set about ousting and executing the English king in what became the English Civil War. After he was done settling things in England, he set his sights on Ireland! His campaign in Ireland left a path of death and destruction. In the wake of this campaign came the largest land grab in Irish history, in which the native Irish were ousted from their land and told to head west; to Hell or to Connaught! Once again, English politics spilt over into Ireland when the exiled English King James II, who was Catholic, fought against the Protestant King William of Orange. William of Orange defeated King James but got bored of the war and struck a sweet deal with the Irish, giving them their land back! The English government didn’t like this and thus the Penal Laws were brought in at this time which clamped down on Catholic and Presbyterian rights. Seeing the success of the American and French revolutions, Theobald Wolfe Tone thought a republic is just what Ireland needed, so he led a rebellion, but they lost! After this, rule was taken away from Ireland and it became ruled directly from London. Plenty rich Englishman took this opportunity To set up large estates across Ireland and make plenty money. At this time, Dublin became one of the finest cities on the British isles and many of its greatest buildings were built during this Georgian period. Catholics began getting rights back through Catholic emancipation with many thanks to Daniel O’Connell. The native Irish had grown dependent on the potato and when it failed year after year, hundreds and thousands, millions died of disease and starvation. Many, too, left ther country for England in America while many prisoners were sent to Australia. Ireland’s population has never since recovered from the Great Famine. With massive public outcry to this tragedy Irish people began to look for Home Rule once more. The Gaelic Revival brought back Irish language, Irish culture and Irish pride. Demand for Home Rule grew in Ireland, except in the Protestant North where thousands signed against it in the Ulster Covenant, threatening open war against the South. Both sides began forming volunteer groups to prepare for the fighting. Home Rule was all set to go until a gang of Serbians shot on Austrian Prince starting the First World War. Home rule was suspended while Britain fought the war, with many Irishmen heading off to fight in the trenches. Not knowing when the more might end, a group of Irish Volunteers led by Patrick Pearse, decided to stage a rebellion in ireland while the British were distracted by the war. The Easter Rising ended up being centered in Dublin and ultimately the British outgunned the rebels and destroyed half the center of Dublin in the process. The ill-advised execution of the captured Irish leaders led to a massive gain in support to the Irish Republican cause. A few years later, the Irish Republican Army fought a Guerrilla war against the British, driving them to a stalemate. During the fighting, the island was divided and Northern Ireland was created. Michael Collins negotiated a treaty with the British which would create an Irish Free State still loyal to the crown. The treaty was passed, but the opposition led by Eamon de Valera was so strongly opposed to it, it led the Irish Civil War which was a harsh bitter war which pit brother against brother. The Free Staters won, but not at the cost of many lives including Michael Collins himself. Over the next few decades, the Free State government distanced itself from British Commonwealth, remaining neutral (mostly) in the Second World War, and ultimately became the Republic of Ireland! Seeing the Civil Rights marches in USA, the Catholics of Northern Ireland began their protest against discrimination. Unfortunately, what began as peaceful protests escalated into violence and The Troubles defined the North for decades. Thankfully, through many peace talks and reconciliation, Northern Ireland is moving into a more peaceful future. Meanwhile in the Republic, Ireland joined what became the European Union and its economy really began to thrive at a time known as Celtic Tiger. This time however was not to last as the economy built up by the construction sector and unregulated banks fell very hard with the international recession. We’ve trucked on however, keeping the chin up. There is light at the end of the tunnel! We’ve got our music, we’ve got our culture, sure as long as we can enjoy the craic, what’s another year? Keep her lit lads!!

100 thoughts on “Irish History in 6 Minutes – Manny Man Does The History of Ireland

  1. Why does Ireland have to be so difficult? Fascist opinions on other countries/wars are very easy: Spanish civil war, Finnish civil war, Russian civil war and so on. But Ireland. I am very happy that the Irish people were fighting for nationalism and their own freedom (except the later-IRA was a bunch of scummy terrorists) but I like the idea of the Great British Empire coming together again. The situation right now is pretty good though. N-Irish can keep their country free from British boot and Ireland can be an ally with the UK. Eitherway, never let the Irish culture die lads.

  2. I think this is a great video and these Manny history things have been a life saver to me throughout junior cert! Keep making quality stuff lad!!!

  3. Thank you. Your short film was exactly what I was looking for, however, the strange, odd back ground noises are unnecessary, distracting & rather juvenile.

  4. Recently found out I'm majority Irish through dna test and This is the first video I watch to explore my Irish ancestry… Something may have gone horribly wrong…

  5. dont even go there about the potato famine..as someoe once said the rivers were full of SALMON chickens laid eggs,,cows had calves pigs supplied ham etc…there were other fruits and vegetables…THINK ABOUT IT PEOPLE…it was a forced attempt at reducing the citizens of Ireland by both British and Kafe irish government..food ships sent over were turned away at gun point..know your real history,,not what freemason zionist jews have written into history

  6. Thanks, it's very informative – – although the potato famine was indeed brought about by the British in denying resources. Very hard for me to follow, John, because your speech was so rapid. Could you slow things down?
    Thanks again!

  7. I still wish the whole island of Ireland was free from the brits it pisses me of because the only border is in Northern Ireland so well done Britain u messes up again

  8. The Irish hate everything British yet they talk/type in English while they just can't properly implement Gaelic in their public schools (and that dates from 1923!!)
    failed society

  9. I live how you did the explosion sounds yourself xD your videos help me study. I bought your book last year but didn't find it very useful but now we've covered a lot more topics that are in your book so it's great now!! I'm doing my jc this year. Fingers crossed 🤞

  10. RIP to all the Irish people who fought for freedom & independence from english control❤
    Much respect💚

  11. I liked that this, it was unique but the clever animation was so fast paced and witty I could hardly keep up.

  12. Hi John, many thanks for your enjoyable video. Just one point of clarification, the name of the country if you ever look at the change in your pockets, the stamps on your mail, your passport or even the Constitution you refer to, the name of the country is Ireland, not Republic of, Free State, Southern Ireland, or anything else. Just Ireland, simple as. Republic of Ireland, a divisive term invented by the UK press, is the name of an occasionally successful soccer team (as mandated by a then UK dominant FIFA) , and if you are as old as I am, a particularly demeaning queue whilst trying to enter the UK, Even Teresa May usually gets it right (i.e." no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland" saw her saying this on TV last night) and if you look at all the speeches of Clinton, on his visit to Ireland following the Good Friday agreement, the word Republic, never appears. How did he manage that? The use of the word Republic for purposes of disambiguation with Northern Ireland is pure laziness, as Teresa May (bless her, she has so little going for her at present but grant her at least knowledge of the correct name of this country) and as Clinton did, show that it is quite possible to use the correct name of this country, Ireland, and it is not confused with Northern Ireland. You might consider respecting the decision of our then very impoverished citizens who in 1937 voted for the Constitution and Ireland as the name of our country. The Act of 1939 clarified that the country was a Republic, but as you will know from the many referendums we have, could not change the name of the country as enshrined in the constitution. Many thanks again.

  13. You kind of glossed over and side stepped the whole 'Irish Genocide of 1845' here. A bit like dong a 6 minute history of Germany, and then ignoring the Holocaust.

  14. Fuck off with your pish.Easy solution those who want a pedo catholic state.emigrate to good old Ireland ,other wise go and take a hike you paddy bastard

  15. I love rewatching these videos. Every time i do It gives me a new jumping off point for independent research.

  16. lol an now Ireland may now be fully reunited because the same far right nuts that wanted to keep northern Ireland voted for Brexit.
    2019

  17. the video is good but the grunting and moaning sounds like someone is being held hostage and is tied to a chair, with tape over his mouth….

  18. ohgod no-deal-brexit seems guaranteed at this point. F's out for Eirlann, and Scotland who stayed in the Union to stay in the European Union

  19. Not even one mention of Brian Boru and you call this a history of Ireland? I am not even irish but i would be offended

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