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Viking Hoard

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097000 East
289850 North

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Ordnance Survey Ireland, Discovery Series, 31

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The earliest recorded attacks on the coastline of Ireland took place in 795 AD when Inishbofin was raided by Vikings (Bradley, 1995). In 812 AD the Annals of the Four Masters records the slaughter of a Viking raiding party by the local tribe of the Umhall in Clew Bay. The following year the annals tell us that the Vikings reaped a bloody revenge on the men of the Umhall, killing the local king, Coscrach. These early invasions were hit and run affairs but by 841 AD, the Vikings had established more lasting settlement. On the eastern shores of Clew Bay at Cushalogurt a Viking silver hoard was discovered. It included 25 armrings and fragments, 2 ingots, 1 fragment and 1 gold ingot (Sheehan, 1998). Perhaps they represent trade between the locals and the immigrants (Corlett, 2000). The Vikings had taught the Irish the elements of naval architecture and indeed the necessity of trade and markets (Harbison et al, 1978). Of special interest to the Vikings was the exploitation of non-agrarian resources and prized among these was soapstone, a resource that is found on the Island of Inishbofin. Placenames can indicate Viking association and indeed the name 'Cushalogurt' where the silver hoard was found may be a derivative of longphort, a Viking defended ship encampment (Gibbons & Kelly, 2003, Kelly, 1998)

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