Cross-disciplinary Studies of Migration of Irish, Hiberno-Norse and other Gaelic-speaking populations in the Viking Age
Viking Age Migration

Evidence of Vikings by County

It is hoped that more will be added to this page over time.

As currently formulated, it depends heavily on an article by John Sheehan, “Early Viking Age silver hoards from Ireland” in Ireland and Scandinavia in the early Viking Age ed. H. B. Clarke, M. Ní Mhaonaigh & R.Ó Floinn (Dublin 1998), 166-202; Raghnall Ó Floinn,
The archaeology of the early Viking age in Ireland”, pages 131-165 and A. Walsh,
A summary classification of Viking Age swords” pages 222-235, both in the same book.

Antrim male skeleton with silver brooch, another with sword and a third with copper ladle, iron cauldron and copper rings at Rathlin Island;
male skeleton with sword, spearhead, comb and ringed pin Larne;
silver armring hoards at Cave Hill, Garron Point (near Cushendall) and unlocalised.
Cavan silver armrings with ingots in hoard at Rivory
Clare silver armring hoard Shannon.
Amber necklace at Glencurran Cave, Tullycommon
Cork silver armring hoards at Kilbarry and Macroom;
rings Lohort;
unlocalised hoard with ingots and armrings.
Donegal silver armring hoards at Carrowmore, Inishowen, near Raphoe and at Roosky
Down Female skeleton with oval brooches and bowl at Ballyholme;
silver armring hoard Magheralagan;
ingot hoard Newr.

It is impossible to list Dublin evidence on same basis as other locations.
Excavations at:
High Street, Christchurch Place, Wood Quay, Fishamble St, Essex St West, South Great Georges St., Hammond Lane/Church St and elsewhere;
extensive burial grounds at Kilmainham and Islandbridge;
silver hoards of armrings and coins;
19th C antiquarian accounts of finds - currently being collated by National Museum.

Galway skeleton with sword, spearhead, shield-boss, dagger at Eyrephort;
armring hoards near Galway and unlocalised
Kerry armring and neckring at Fenit; Cloghermore cave burials outside Tralee
Kildare burial with axehead and iron weapons;
Anglo-Saxon style sword from Wheelam.
Kilkenny rings and hacksilver hoard at Derrynahinch;
ingot fragments, silver mounts and burials at Dunmore cave;
coin hoard with rings at Kilkenny, west;
hoard with armring and ingot fragments at Dysart;
unlocalised ring hoard.
Laois silver ring and ingot hoard at Ballyadams;
site identified at Dunrally
Limerick silver hoard at Carraig Aille with armrings and ingots;
hoard with ingots and coins c. 953 at Mungret;
sword from Cooperhill;
kite brooches from “near Limerick”;
Anglo-Saxon style sword from Askeaton.
Longford silver hoard with ingots, armrings and brooch fragments Lough Kinale
Louth silver hoard with ingot and coins at Killincoole;
ingot fragments and coin Millockstown;
site identified at Annagassan;
ingot and coin hoard at Monasterboice
Mayo very large hoard of 25 silver armrings;
hoard of ingots (including one gold ingot) at Knock.
Meath hoard of ingots with coin Leggagh;
hoard of brooch, armring and ingot fragments at Loughcrew;
burial with horse-bit and harness mounts Navan.
Monaghan sword from Moynalty;
silver armring hoard Emyvale
Offaly ingot and coin hoard at Rahan
Sligo longphort identified at Knoxpark
Tipperary silver armring hoard at Bog of Cullen and at Rathmooley;
Anglo-Saxon style sword from Lough Derg
Waterford silver hoard with fragments of armrings and ingots at Kilmacomma;
silver hoard with armring fragments and coins at Knockmaon;
extensive, fortified settlement site with male burial outside at Woodstown.
Westmeath armring hoards at Athlone and “near Athlone”;
silver ingot hoards at Ballany, Nure and Carrick;
silver armring hoard at Coolure Demesne and Lough Sewdy;
mixed armring and ingot hoard Creaghduff;
ingot hoards at Dysart (one with brooch and other ornaments in fragments as well as coins; mixed armring and ingot hoard Hare Island;
mixed ingots with pins and gold finger rings at Marl Valley;
sword with gaming board, long bow and other Viking style artefacts from Ballinderry
Wexford ingot hoard at Blackcastle; excavated house at Bride St in Wexford
Wicklow skeleton with oval brooches and silver chain between Three Mile Water and Arklow;
sword from The Morragh outside Wicklow town

County by county reference list for Viking activities in Ireland as described in the Annals - available to download as a 0.2MB pdf

The list is a preliminary attempt by Lenore Fischer to put together a geographical reference for events involving Vikings that happened in specific areas. The pdf is essentially a list organised by county and its focus are Scandinavian activities outside the main urban enclaves. The evidence for the Viking settlements of Dublin, Limerick, Waterford and Wexford has been omitted as making the attached file too large to be of use.

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