The Vikings are coming

A CONFERENCE about Viking longphorts will be held in Dundalk at An Tain Theatre in the Town Hall over the weekend of October 22 and 23.

A CONFERENCE about Viking longphorts will be held in Dundalk at An Tain Theatre in the Town Hall over the weekend of October 22 and 23.

The event will feature speakers from Ireland and Britain and will highlight the importance of the discovery of the Linn Duachaill site at Annagassan.

Some of the guest speakers include Dr Donnchadh Ó Corráin (UCC); Dr Eamonn Kelly; Dr Howard Clark, Dr Cathy Swift (University of Limerick), Dr John Sheehan (UCC), Dr Mark Clinton, Dr Gareth Williams (British Museum) and Linzi Simpson.

The speakers will make comparisons between the Linn Duachaill site and other sites located throughout the country, as well as several sites in Britain.

The weekend will also feature a guided tour of the Annagassan site. A conference fee of e45 will be charged; this includes conference lunch and banquet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

An alternative price of e20 will be charged for those who do not wish to attend the banquet. The conference is taking place in conjunction with a major exhibition at the County Museum, Dundalk.

The County Museum, Dundalk is launching an exhibition entitled ‘Raiders, Traders and Innovators – The Vikings and County Louth’ on Friday, October 21.

The museum decided to host the exhibition following the discovery of the Viking site in Annagassan last year. It will examine the impact that the Vikings had in the county, and will run until February 2012.

It will feature objects from the National Museum and the County Museum’s own collection the exhibition will highlight the nature and extent of Viking activity under a variety of different topics during their period in the county.

It will also feature the story behind the discovery and ultimate identification of the Linn Duachaill site in Annagassan.