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Two Day Craft and Daily Life Viking Event

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND PREAS RÁITEAS THAR CEANN ARD-MHÚSAEM NA hÉIREANN

28th March 2008

AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND

The National Museum of Ireland in conjunction with Viking Age Craft and Combat

Re-enactors present a Two Day Craft and Daily Life Viking Event

on the

29th and 30th March 2008

at

The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History,

Collins Barracks, Dublin 7.

Crafts on display will include:

Textiles, weaving, natural dyeing, spinning

MetalworkWoodworking

Pole LatheCoin Striking

LeatherworkFood & Medicine

Viking BurialsDaily Life Exhibition

Combat & Weapons Display

Additional activities will be run by the National Museum of Ireland, Education and Outreach Department. Please note the above activities will take place both indoors and outdoors. Visitors will be able to talk to presenters and to handle display items of costume and weaponry. All Lectures and activities are FREE. Saturday events 12pm – 5pm. Sunday events 1pm – 5pm

It is 1200 years since the Vikings came to Ireland, sailing in their infamous warships. In 2007 the National Museum of Ireland untied with the Viking Ship Museum in Denmark to bring them back! In July 2007 a crew of brave men and women sailed this vessel from Roskilde “back” to Dublin. This trial voyage tested the replica ship under realistic conditions in the very waters the original ship was built to cross.

The National Museum of Ireland has on display a special exhibition of this project where visitors can learn about the excavation and reconstruction project.

The Sea Stallion is on display as part of the exhibition at the National Museum, Collins Barracks. TheViking Warship will leave Collins Barracks on the 29th May 2008, while the exhibition remains in place until the Warship arrives back in Denmark in August 2008.

The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Exhibitions are open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday and from 2pm to 5pm on Sundays. Closed Monday. Admission to all exhibitions at the National Museum of Ireland are free of charge. Museum shop and Café on site.

For Further Press Information, please contact:

Maureen Gaule - Marketing Executive - Marketing Department - National Museum of Ireland

Tel: 01 - 648 64 29 E-Mail: mgaule@museum.ie Website: www.museum.ie

 
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