Comedian Neil Delamere to launch new book on the Vikings in Ireland

TV presenter and comedian Neil Delamere will launch a landmark publication in Viking studies, at City Hall, Cork Hill, Dublin 2 on Wednesday, 17th June, 2015 at 5.00pm.

The book, The Vikings in Ireland and Beyond – Before and After the Battle of Clontarf  is edited by Professor Howard Clarke, historian, and Dr. Ruth Johnson, City Archaeologist with Dublin City Council.

Almost thirty of the world’s leading scholars in Viking studies from Ireland, Britain and Scandinavia have contributed to the book.  It contains fascinating essays on diverse subjects such as archaeological excavation, art historical analysis, linguistics, literature, environmental remains and artefact studies from c.795 to 1170 which are thoroughly researched and written in an entertaining and engaging manner.

Ruth Johnson, Dublin City Archaeologist said “Dublin is known rightly, nationally and internationally for the wealth of Viking archaeology uncovered in the course of excavations over the past half-century and this book aims to place it in context in the Viking world”.

The publication is aimed both at the non-specialist and the specialist reader and is a must for all those interested in Viking Ireland.

Published by Four Courts Press The Vikings in Ireland and Beyond – Before and After the Battle of Clontarf will soon be available in all good bookshops and public libraries.

Details of the book can be viewed at


For further information contact:

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office

Ruth Johnson, City Archaeologist, Dublin City Council

Notes to the Editor:

Dr. Ruth Johnson is City Archaeologist with Dublin City Council.

Professor Howard Clarke is a historian and editor of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas series

Neil Delamere is an Irish comedian and presenter of RTÉ’S ‘Only Viking in the Village’