Dublinia and the Viking World in Dublin : Travel Reminiscences

Travel reminiscences of our wonderful holiday in Ireland 2009

When we first came across the Dublinia on the second day of our arrival in Ireland, I hadn’t realised how much the Viking raiders played a part in Ireland’s history way, way back.  I didn’t know that the Vikings arrived in Ireland in the late 8th century and founded Dublin in 841!!   ‘ They built a fort where the River Poddle met the Liffey at a black pool on the site of Dublin Castle (which we saw the previous day).  They also established a settlement along the banks of the Liffey at Wood Quay  (which has undergone excavations revealing the remains of one of the earliest Viking villages in Ireland).

Following their defeat by Brian Ború at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014, the Vikings integrated fully with the local Irish, adopting Christian beliefs.  After Strongbow’s Anglo-Norman invasion in 1170, the flourishing Hiberno-Viking trading community declined, and many were banished to a separate colony called Oxmanstown, just north of the river.’

The Dublinia exhibition covers this period (above) to the closure of the monasteries in the 1540’s and is housed in the Neo-Gothic Synod Hall, which up until 1983, was home to the ruling body of the Church of Ireland ..

P1080419-Dublinia and the Viking World (Synod Hall)

 

Collages204

P1040378

P1040379

IMG_9306

Collages205

Collages206

Collages207

P1040386

I’m glad we went through the exhibition, especially as this was our first full day in Dublin with our self-drive tour still to come.   Touring Ireland, you come across many links to the Vikings, which I wouldn’t have understood if we hadn’t been here first.

I will do Christ Church Cathedral as a separate post, even though the Dublinia is linked to the Cathedral by a covered arched bridge

Advertisements

About momsmeanderings

Wife ... mom ... granny .. in a nutshell ! Never a dull moment !
This entry was posted in Dublin, holiday, Ireland, travel and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Dublinia and the Viking World in Dublin : Travel Reminiscences

  1. I think Viking history is so cool. We went to Iceland and there are some amazing Viking historical sites and museums. Thanks for posting!

  2. thatemily says:

    Looks like a really pretty place, and a great informative post 🙂

  3. Would love to visit Viking World

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s