Book debunking Viking myths launched in Limerick

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts

Laoise Nic �omhain, Eucharia McCarthy, Dr Daniel Tietzsch-Tyler, Dr. Cathy Swift, Caitr�ona Breathnach,  Eileen OSullivan, Senan Slattery, Sadhbh Dillon, Maebh  and Kieran McDonagh at the book launch [Picture: Brian Gavin / Press 22]
A NEW book debunking many of the myths surrounding Vikings has been launched at Mary Immaculate College.

A NEW book debunking many of the myths surrounding Vikings has been launched at Mary Immaculate College.

Viking Ireland: A new Voyage of Discovery, a bilingual educational resource was launched by the Norwegian deputy head of mission Grete Odegaard at Mary Immaculate College.

It is designed to be used as an educational resource to third to sixth class teachers.

Over the last fifty years archaeological discoveries have led historians to re-evaluate the records of high king, Brian Boru.

The fruits of this work is now available through this book, which was put together using resources in Mary Immaculate College, with assistance from the Thomond Archeological and Historical Society.

Speaking about the importance of having an accurate resource of this nature, Eucharia McCarthy, director of Mary Immaculate College’s Curriculum Development Unit, said: “We have published ‘Viking Ireland - A New Voyage of Discovery’ to dispel some of the myths about the Vikings which permeate many of our primary school history textbooks. This new evidence-based resource provides accurate information about the Vikings and uses highly interactive teaching approaches that will bring history to life for our pupils.”

Eileen O’Sullivan, who has coauthored the book, said they referred to the book as ‘A New Voyage of Discovery’ to reflect the fact that children will be getting new information on the Vikings.

“Within this approach, the child is working as a historian, replicating many of the enquiry skills that we would expect a professional historian to employ, such as, working with first-hand accounts of events, examining archaeological finds, interacting with visual imagery. All of this helps the child to build the story of the past and develop an empathy with, as well as an understanding of, what life was like.”

Mary Immaculate College president Prof Michael A Hayes added the tie-up is “an exemplar of how combining historical, pedagogical, curricular and linguistic expertise can lead to a richly informed publication of the highest calibre”.

The resource is available from the Curriculum Development Unit at Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road.