|Aye, my Lassie - that is a Viking|
|Artists rendering of a Viking Irish settlement|
|Some of the known Viking settlements in Ireland|
|A page from the Annals of Ulster|
|The facts down and dirty|
Well, it is mentioned in the annals that the Vikings arrived around 795 as the warriors set out to rob and pillage Gaelic Irish coastal settlements. As the raids continued, the raiding parties grew to the point that a settlement needed to be built so they could live and pillage further inland on the island.
Those Vikings – they just loved their pillaging.
|Who wouldn't want to plunder and get these riches?|
It is a fascinating area to walk around in the city. Modern structures towering all about and then the remnants of a Viking longphort literally beneath your feet. At the National Museum of Ireland there are exhibits after exhibits exploring the history of the Vikings and their contributions to Ireland. Not only were they ruthless warriors but actually helped settle parts of Ireland and became good stewards on the land.
|Where a Viking 'longphort' once stood in Dublin|
There is, according to the annals, a chance that the Viking warlord Amlaib, also known as Olaf the White, made Dublin the capital city of his territory in 853 and pronounced himself King. He jointly ruled the area for fifteen years with his brothers Imar – Ivar the Boneless (yes, the same character portrayed on the History Channel in the series The Vikings) and Auisle. The brothers used Dublin as the center to conduct military action against the Kings all over Ireland.
|Alex Hogh Anderson playing Ivar the Boneless - son of Ragnar|
Can’t keep a good (or bad) Viking down for long.
|John with one of his Viking friends.|
|And there are always the pubs - that is enough sometimes.|