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Viking house built on the Norse side

A REPLICA of a 1,000-year-old Viking dwelling has been built in the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin.

It is a recreation of a 10th century house on Dublin's Fishamble Street.

Simon Harris, a junior minister with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW), officially opened the Viking house.

It was built by master craftsman Eoin Donnelly from Enniscorthy and thatcher Peter Compton from Cavan.

The project was supported by Dublin City Council, the National Museum of Ireland, the School of Archaeology at UCD and the Irish Museums Trust.

Mr Harris said: "The Botanic Gardens is managed by my office, the OPW, and is a well-known public institution that continues to act as a scientific and educational resource.

"This building will serve as a living outdoor classroom for both young and old and will show how Dubliners lived a millennium ago."


The house is an almost 100pc organic structure and is built from oak, ash, hazel and reeds.

Due to the interest in the project, it was also decided to reprint Ruth Johnson's book, Viking Age Dublin.