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National Geographic: Discovering Ireland’s Hypnotic Underwater Beauty

As a child Ken O’Sullivan was mesmerized by Jacques Cousteau’s films. He is now an underwater filmmaker. Year-round, he records the seas around Ireland, the same cold waters that have lured him in for the past 10 years. His work has been done in solitude, and so it made sense to him to turn the …

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Ireland 1912-1916: An Animated History from Home Rule to Easter Rising

The Easter Rising, was an armed insurrection in Ireland during Easter Week, 1916. The Rising was launched by Irish republicans to end British rule in Ireland and establish an independent Irish Republic while the United Kingdom was heavily engaged in World War I. This animated film is produced By Scriberia Films for Century Ireland Narration …

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National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 7 – Daily Life in Viking Ireland

What do walrus tusks and amber beads have to do with everyday life in Dublin during the Viking Age? Dr Patrick F Wallace, former Director of the National Museum, discusses finds from excavations from one of the world’s best preserved Viking towns: Dublin.  

National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 6 – The Irish & the Vikings

What contact was there between the Irish and Vikings and how can we tell? And were slaves really traded in Dublin? Eamonn Kelly, Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, explains how Irish society was different from the Vikings, where the Irish lived and the interaction between the Vikings and the Irish.  

National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 5 – Arrival of Vikings & Beliefs

Are Viking burial sites still being discovered and what can they tell us? Maeve Sikora, Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, discusses what the Vikings believed, and how objects found in graves excavated in Dublin help us understand Viking culture.  

National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 4 – Viking Women in Ireland

What can the artefacts found buried with Viking women in Ireland tell us about their lives? Maeve Sikora, Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, focuses on everyday objects excavated at burial sites and what they tell us about the role of women at the time.  

National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 3 – Viking Wealth & Trade

Were cows ever used as currency in Ireland? Did the Vikings in Ireland use coins from the Middle East? Dr Andy Halpin, Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, shows how Viking trade routes introduced coinage from Arabic and Anglo-Saxon societies.  

National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 1 – Weapons – The Axe

What’s the difference between a Viking axe designed as a weapon and one designed for cutting wood? Dr Andy Halpin, Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, discusses three newly discovered Viking battle axes found at Lough Corrib in Co. Galway.  

Smithsonian Channel: Did Halley’s Comet Convert the Irish to Christianity?

Many attribute the spread of Christianity in Ireland to St. Patrick. But Medieval history and scientific evidence dating back to 540 A.D. hint at a more cosmic reason.