All Blog Posts Tagged 'Vikings' (6)

Enter the Vikings: The Assault of Lambay Island

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Toward the end of the 8th Century A.D., Ireland was almost completely Gaelic and Christian. It was a rural society, with no towns or cities, and the only large settlements were hamlets that grew up around monasteries. The…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on September 19, 2016 at 1:30pm — 14 Comments

Enjoying Timeless Glories of Bunratty Castle -- and Mead

My last night in the homeland was spent at Bunratty Castle, a 15th-century tower house in County Clare, on the Ratty river. Caisleán Bhun Raithe meaning Castle at the Mouth of the Ratty. On the grounds of the castle is a folk park, which is just lovely. I unfortunately was wandering through at closing time so didn't get to…

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Added by The Last Torch on September 29, 2015 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

A Brief History of Ireland

During my research phase for information, I've relied heavily on the writings of Michael O'Cleary, a Franciscan monk, who, with three other scholars, compiled what has collectively become known as the "Annals of The Four Masters." They were…

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Added by John Anthony Brennan on December 11, 2014 at 8:30pm — 14 Comments

Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf

While the rest of Europe plunged into darkness with the fall of the Roman Empire, the light of learning and western civilization was kept flickering in Ireland, preserved in the monasteries established by the followers of St.  Patrick.   However, it would only be a matter of time…

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Added by Neil F. Cosgrove on April 11, 2014 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

How the Battle of Clontarf Unfolded

April 23, 2014 will mark the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf. The battle was fought between the forces of Brian Boru and the forces led by the King of Leinster, Máel Mórda mac Murchada: composed mainly of his own men, Viking mercenaries from Dublin and the…

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Added by Ryan O'Rourke on April 10, 2014 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Who Really Discovered America?

 

On the Galway's Horrible Histories Walk, I weave the Brendan Voyage tale into the stories I tell, explaining how in 929 AD the Vikings raided the Priory Abbey of Annaghdown, 4 miles up the Corrib River from Galway city, which was founded by St. Brendan for his sister, Briga, and where he died in 577 AD.…

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Added by Brian Nolan on November 27, 2013 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

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