Leading Irish expert to give talk on Viking settlement on the west coast of Ireland

To mark Culture Night this year, the Museum of Country Life in Turlough Park will host a talk on The Vikings on the Atlantic Coast of Ireland. The talk will be given by Eamon P. (Ned ) Kelly, who is the former Keeper of Irish Antiquities in the National Museum of Ireland. Ned will be well known to many people in Mayo.

Ned Kelly is an expert on Viking age archaeology in Ireland and has written extensively on the Vikings in Ireland. In this talk, Ned will present evidence for Viking activity on the west coast of Ireland, including the coast of Mayo. The talk coincides with the museums new temporary exhibition, The Hoard and the Sword, which features Viking objects found in Mayo, a hoard of silver bracelets from Cushalogurt, Kilmeena, and a Viking sword found in the River Moy at Coolcronaun. This is the largest hoard of silver arm-rings ever found in Ireland. The talk will take place at 730pm. Admission is free. The Museum and the Museum Café will remain open to visitors until 9pm for Culture Night.

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