King Henry II lands in Waterford

17th October 1171
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On the 17th of October 1711, King Henry II of England made history as the first English King ever to set foot on Irish soil. 

He landed in Waterford with 4,000 men. 

This was in response to a fear that Strongbow would establish his own independent Kingdom in Ireland.  

Henry's arrival marked the beginning of British rule in Ireland which would continue until the establishment of the Free State in 1922. 

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