Exploring the Legacy of the Vikings in Ireland

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On Saturday 30th April 2011 at 9.45 a.m. the Lord Mayor Gerry Breen will launch the Seventh Midlands Viking Symposium in the Wood Quay Venue. 

The Midlands Viking Symposium is organised annually by the Universities of Nottingham, Birmingham and Leicester. This year is the first time the Symposium will take place outside of the United Kingdom. It brings together some of the foremost Viking researchers from Britain and Ireland in the Wood Quay Venue, a prestigious conferencing centre in which a section of the Hiberno-Norse stone wall dated c. 1100 AD is conserved and visible.

The keynote lecture will be given by Dr Christina Lee of the University of Nottingham and Dr John Sheehan of University College Cork. This year’s symposium will explore the impact of the Vikings on both sides of the Irish Sea. Speakers will include some of Ireland’s leading scholars in Viking Studies, as well as some renowned UK experts.


“I am delighted to launch the 2011 Viking Symposium which is being held for the first time in Ireland.   The Symposium will explore the influence the Vikings had on the Irish, a legacy which is clearly visible in Dublin today”

said the Lord Mayor.



'I am delighted that Dublin City Council is able to host the MVS 2011. The programme is exceptional and we are now hoping to publish the proceedings and make a lasting contribution to Viking studies internationally.  The uptake for the event has been excellent, particularly from Ireland, where there is a significant audience of well-informed people with an interest in the Viking impact on Ireland and of course the Irish impact on the Viking World!'

 said Dr Ruth Johnson, City Archaeologist, Dublin City Council.




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Media queries to Dublin City Council Press Office T (01) 222 2170.


Notes to the Editor:

Midlands Viking Symposium 29th April - 1st May 2011

The Viking Symposium is hosted by Dublin City Council and co-organised by the Dublin City Archaeologist, Dr Ruth Johnson and Dr. Christina Lee, University of Nottingham.  The Symposium will be opened on the evening of 29th April by the Director of the National Museum of Ireland, Dr Patrick Wallace, followed by an opening address by Dr Christina Lee & John Sheehan with a reception at the Viking Gallery of the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology, Kildare Street for delegates.

The event is supported by the National Museum Ireland and the Friends of Medieval Dublin.

Speakers include:


  • Professor Donnchadh Ó Corráin, UCC will open with a paper entitled ‘Viking Ireland: retrospect and prospect’, which will reflect on some major and general themes.
  • Dr Patrick Wallace, Director of the National Museum of Ireland and Adjunct Professor of Archaeology UCC will talk about comparative settlement.
  • Eamon Kelly Archaeologist NMI will report on recent excavations at a recently-discovered longphort site of Annagassan.
  • ‘Viking camps and the means of exchange in Britain and Ireland in the ninth century’, Dr Gareth Williams, Numismatist, British Museum.
  • ‘What’s in a name? The genetic legacy of the Vikings in the north of England’ – Dr Turi King, University of Leicester.
  • ‘Vikings in literary sources’, Dr Cathy Swift, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.
  • Professor Judith Jesch, of The University of Nottingham Viking Studies, will give a paper titled ‘Depictions of the Irish in Norse Literature’.
  • ‘A nest of pirates? Weapons, warriors and early Viking Dublin’ – Dr Stephen Harrison, UCD.
  • Linzi Simpson, consultant archaeologist ‘A Viking warrior grave, on the banks of the Black Pool’.
  • Research students from UK, Norway and Ireland will give poster presentations in the My City Space within the Wood Quay Venue.