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Irish History - Kingdoms of the Vikings

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The Viking Kingdoms of Ireland

major Viking settlements in Ireland

Ostmen - The Norse are those peoples from Scandinavia and northern Germany who spoke a common language, Old Norse. They first appeared in Ireland in the year 795, with a raid on Lambay Island. Throughout the old Irish histories, they are named as Ostmen, Cruithni, foreigners, dark foreigners (Dubgaill), or fair-foreigners (Finngaill), heathens, the Lochlanns, Norsemen, Norse-Irish and Danes. The Gall-Goídil are of mixed Gaelic-Norse origin. It is not always clear whether these terms refer to alliances or nationalities. Llychlyn, Laithlind or Lothlend is an old Gaelic term for Scandinavia. Scandinavians (Ostmen or Austmen) called the Gaels, the Vestmannaeyjar.

Note : A important paper by Donnchadh ó Corráin of University College, Cork, discusses the need to detach the Viking dynasty of Scotland and Ireland from Norway itself where historians have indulged in attempts to attach the Viking kings of the ninth-century Irish annals to the genealogy of the kings of Vestfold in Norway. The Vikings in Scotland and Ireland in the Ninth Century

See also this category for the Uí Ímair Dynasty



  • Gnimbeolu (Gnim Cinnsiolla) d: 865
  • Cork resettled as a trading base in 914

Dyflinn/Dublin (Ath Cliath)



  • a great Viking fleet established on Lough Neagh in 839
  • Íomhair in Cavan c. 850
  • Ruarc in Cavan c. 880



  • Viking settled Waesfiorde from c. 819

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