The Vikings are becoming more and more an elaborate part of the Irish historical narrative. They were never written out of history as we have seen with other cultures in other spheres of antiquity but nonetheless were never afforded perhaps their rightful place on the hierarchical imperative that is sometimes viewed through the looking glass of indifference. In our case and in the spirit of the times, the monks castigated these people for all of the terrible deeds inflicted upon their hapless victims. The contemplative societies that poured scorn on the ‘Heathen’ as they called them were perhaps guilty themselves of an over-enthusiastic admonishment of a society devoid of any Christian perspective that they perhaps themselves equally viewed as being potential challengers to the status quo.
Either way, the Vikings on their sojourn in Ireland laid the foundations for a number of the cities that we inhabit today. Their influence we acknowledge by the holding of events to mark an occasion that speaks of our Viking past. Academia has added to our understanding of the epic voyages of these nomadic mariners. Artefacts found under our feet have wetted our appetite for more. Plundering the past might not help in our appreciation of who these people were and of what they have bequeathed to us. Hiberno-Norse is not a new term but puts a different complexion on Irish history. As we digest the saga of the Vikings anew, we can perhaps better appreciate their legacy and legends that we still talk about today. They are becoming more and more relevant to the past as is history itself to today.