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 Conference Theme

This major international conference at UCC will bring together academics, heritage experts and museum representatives with an interest in community engagement, cultural heritage and reception studies to discuss new approaches to the Viking Age and possibilities for involving the public in the study of the period.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Judith Jesch (Professor of Viking Studies at the University of Nottingham)

Prof. Neil Price (Chair of Archaeology, Uppsala University)

Dr. Ylva Berglund Prytz (Senior Project Officer, University of Oxford IT Services)

Our Early Career Plenary is Dr Leszek Gardela (Assistant Professor, University of Rzeszów)

Our special guest is distinguished children's author, poet and translator Kevin Crossley-Holland.

The full programme can be downloaded here.


Conference Fee

There is no registration fee, thanks to generous funding from the Irish Research Council, but delegates must register in advance via the online portal


Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held in the Weir Rooms at the River Lee Hotel (3 courses with wine). If you plan to attend the dinner, the €50 fee must be paid for in advance when registering online.

Weir rooms

River Lee


There is an excursion to Cobh and Spike Island (Ireland's Alcatraz) on the Sunday following the conference, to which all delegates are invited. 

The excursion incorporates a scenic train ride from Cork to Cobh, passing two islands with names derived from Old Norse: Fota (ON  fótr / fuð ey) and Haulbowline (possibly from Old Norse  ál-boling). We will have a guided walk through the town to St Colman’s Cathedral overlooking Cobh harbour, and time to view the Cathedral itself. We will then board a chartered boat over to Spike Island, site of an early monastic settlement, and later used as a fort and as a prison, nicknamed ‘Ireland’s Alcatraz’. The island is being opened up especially for us, and we will have a guided tour taking in the fort, prison cells, gun emplacements, and key points of interest. It also provides an excellent viewpoint of Cobh harbour: the second largest in the world. On return to Cobh, there will be time to visit the town’s attractions (including Cobh Heritage Centre, the Lusitania Memorial and the Titanic Experience).

8:45 am – Meeting at Cork Kent Train station

9:00am – Train Departs for Cobh

9:30 – 10:30 – Visit to St Colman’s Cathedral

10:30 – Café stop near Cobh Pier

11am – Departure by boat to Spike Island

11:30 – 2pm – Guided tour of the fort followed by free time to visit the rest of the Island

2:30pm – Return to Cobh

Delegates will be back in time to take the 3pm train back to Cork, or are free to visit Cobh and to return on the 16:30 or 17:30 trains.

Cost: €25 (including return train to Cobh, boat trip to the island, and Spike Island tour)

Payment will be taken at registration (cash only)

More info at http://spikeislandferry.com/








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