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Below the Surface presents: The Fleet of Norse Dublin

Viking longboat

Below the Surface presents its sixth talk in the maritime series on board the Jeanie Johnston tall ship. This replica famine ship is currently docked on the Dublin quays and the creaking sounds of its wooden hull will undoubtedly create a very atmospheric location for the lecture series.

Presented by Prof. Poul Holm, Trinity College Dublin on Wednesday April 3rd, the talk discusses the Viking Fleet in Dublin during the middle ages and how their ships ruled the Irish Sea for three centuries. The ships were a terror and fascination to the Irish. How many ships did the King have, how did he afford them, and what could he do with them? The talk gives a fresh view of Norse sea power before and after the battle of Clontarf in 1014.

Poul also reveals that thanks to their superior naval technology the Norse created an international slave market in Dublin that made the town one of the most important trading centres in the western Viking territory.

Doors open 7.15pm. Tickets are €15, available from http://www.jeaniejohnston.ie/maritime-lecture-series-page.html.
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