Vikings Return Today, No Rape or Pillage Expected

August 14, 2007 at 3:05 am 2 comments

If you’re near Custom House Quay in Dublin this lunchtime, you can see the homecoming of the Viking boat Sea Stallion from Glendalough, followed by a Viking Age craft display and battle re-enactments in the afternoon.

Hagar Boat

The original Sea Stallion was built in Dublin in 1042, and sank in the Roskilde Fjord in Denmark. It has now been reconstructed, using the same materials and tools and methods of a thousand years ago, and has been sailing to Dublin for the past few weeks. Here is today’s programme of events: >>>

Programme of Events

The MC for the programme is Myles Dungan.

  • 12 noon – Roskilde Percussion Steel Band
  • 12.15 – Sea Stallion enters Dublin Bay
  • 12.40 – Ships in harbour salute Sea Stallion on entry to port area.
  • 12.55 – Band of 4 Western Brigade
  • 1.10 – Christ Church Cathedral bells salute Sea Stallion’s arrival
  • 1.20 – Bells of City Churches join in
  • 1.25 – Traditional Irish muusicians play on quayside
  • 1.30 – Sea Stallion docks at Dublin City Moorings
  • 1.45 – Speeches of welcome and reply
  • 2-5 – Viking Age craft display on George’s Dock, with metal work, coin makers, woodworkers and battle re-enactments.

From Friday the ship will be on display at the National Museum in Collins Barracks.

Entry filed under: Culture, Ireland, News.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. paigeharrison  |  August 14, 2007 at 10:21 pm

    I thought that the Danish Cultural Minister apologising for the hurt inflicted by the Vikings 1000 years ago was very sweet. Might start a whole new trend. If we can get the French and Spanish to cough up, we might have the Brits on the run yet!


  • 2. Michael Nugent  |  August 14, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    I think that the trend should continue like this:

    The Brits should apologise to the Irish Celts, the Irish Celts should apologise to the Irish Bronze Age craftsmen, the Irish Bronze Age craftsmen should apologise to the Irish Neolithic farmers, and the Irish Neolithic farmers should apologise to the Irish Mesolithic hunter-gatherers.

    I don’t know who the Irish Mesolithic hunter-gatherers should apologise to.


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As mentioned above, if you like Irish football and/or cultural nostalgia, I also write Bionic Bohs, a blog about following Bohs in the 1970s.

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