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 Vikings and the Southern Uí Néill

Clare Downham

This paper provides a brief survey of Viking influence in Southern Uí Néill to 1014. The evidence highlights the resilience of both churches and polities in the face of Viking attacks, compared to the Vikings’ impact in England. Viking settlement and territorial power was limited to areas near the Irish Sea coast, and various strategies were employed to limit the impact of Viking attacks. Nevertheless, Vikings exercised a strong impact on the political and economic history of the region. Prior to the battle of Clontarf, Brian Boru and Mael Sechnaill overking of Uí Néill vied for control over the resources of Dublin. This competition was reflected both in events and in political propaganda.

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