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Foundations of Irish CultureA great deal that has been written about Irish culture in the period ad 600-850 has been touched by the Romantic views of the 19th century, which saw Ireland as a lone beacon of knowledge shining out during Europe’s ‘Dark Ages’. That view has been most recently expounded in the book by Thomas Cahill, How Ireland saved civilization (1995), which proposed to demonstrate how ‘the great heritage of western civilization … would have been utterly lost were it not for the holy men and women of the unconquered Ireland’. Moore Institute .
The early Irish monastic schools : a study of Ireland’s contribution to early medieval culture
The aim of the present study is to give within reasonable limits a critical and fairly complete account of the Irish Monastic Schools which flourished prior to 900 A.D. archive.org
Scandanavian Relations with Ireland During the Viking Period The Vikings made their first appearance on the Irish coasts in 795 a.d., when they plundered and burned the church on Recru, or Lambay Island, near Dubhn. During the next ten or twelve years Ireland seems to have been almost free from further attacks, but in 807 they descended on Inis Murray, off the Sligo coast, and from there made their way inland to Roscommon. A. Walsh, Dublin, The Talbot Press, Limited/London, T. Fisher Unwin, Limited, 1922. archive.org
The Vikings in Ireland
Viking raids on Ireland began in 795. Rathlin Island on the north east coast was attacked and in the same year Inishmurray, Co. Sligo and Inishbofin, Co. Galway were also raided. Later, the attacks became more frequent and fleets of Viking ships appeared on the major rivers such as the Shannon, Boyne, Liffey and the Erne.
The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde
The Battle of Clontarf in Irish history and legend The battle of Clontarf, fought on Good Friday (23 April) 1014, is one of the most famous events in Irish history. In this conflict the forces of the Munster over-king Brian Boru and his allies were pitched against the armies of north Leinster, Dublin, and viking mercenaries and allies from across the sea. –Clare Downham, ‘The Battle of Clontarf in Irish History and Legend’, History Ireland 13.5 (September/October2005) 19-23 History Ireland
Dervorgilla: scarlet woman or scapegoat? Dervorgilla was the daughter of Murchad Maelseaclainn (Ua Máelsechnaill), king of Meath (Mide), which was the fifth and richest province of Ireland, stretching from the sea at Drogheda to the Shannon and including the modern counties of Meath and Westmeath together with parts of Kildare, Offaly and Laois, – Jim Toohey volume 11, issue4, History Ireland History Ireland