Below the Surface is hosting a special series of maritime monthly storytelling aboard the Jeannie Johnson Tall Ship on Custom House Quay, Dublin 1. All talks will take place on the first Wednesday of each month beginning on 7th November at 8pm. Stories of Ireland’s seafaring past will cover a wide variety of historical themes from 11th century Vikings and the Dublin slave trade to 17th century pirates, 18th century emigration and the doomed 19th century polar expedition.
Our sixth and final talk in the series takes place on 3rd April 2013. The Fleet of Norse Dublin around 1000AD by Prof. Poul Holm, Trinity College Dublin.
Poul Holm, Professor of Environmental History at TCD, recounts the tale of the Viking Fleet in Dublin in 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 war 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. More information from our website: belowthesurfaceireland.wordpress.com
These events are generously sponsored by the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and Dublin City Council.