The Vikings first came to Ireland in the 8th Century as plunderers taking with them treasure and slaves from Ireland's monastaries and settlements. Over time, they settled and built their own towns, including Dublin, Waterford and Wexford.
The intermingling of Viking and Gaelic cultures created its own unique Hiberno-Norse art form. Wood Quay was the heart of Viking Dublin. Rich in artifacts, the site, in the centre of Dublin City, contained an invaluable cultural heritage. Despite widespread protest, the site was destroyed in the 1970's to make way for The Dublin Civic Offices. Our Wood Quay Collection emulates the metalwork and decorative art found at the site.
The photograph on the right shows the excavations on the site before the bulldozers moved in.