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19 May 2024  

Dublin Festival of History International Viking Seminar 2023


Dublin Festival of History
International Viking Seminar 2023

St Olave' s Parish Church

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The National University of Ireland, Dublin City Council, and the Royal Embassy of Norway in Ireland, in association with Christ Church Cathedral and the Friends of Medieval Dublin, are pleased to collaborate and contribute a viking-themed event to the Dublin Festival of History Programme 2023. This year, we are honoured to host a seminar that will explore the origins of the cult of St Olaf in Scandinavia and how it spread over seas to Ireland and other colonies in the medieval period.

St Olaf: An International Norwegian Saint

The seminar will take place in the Henry Roe Room, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8, from 10.15 am to 3.30 pm on Friday 13 October 2023.

In September 2022, Dublin City Council erected a commemorative plaque to mark the site of the medieval church of St Olave at Fishamble Street, Dublin. Olaf II Haraldsson, also called Saint Olaf of Norway, was born c.995 AD and died July 29, 1030. After his death, his cult spread rapidly to Scandinavian colonies overseas, including Dublin, Waterford, York, and Novgorod.

Sign post to St Olaves Church

Sign post to St Olave's Church
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St Olave’s Church, Dublin is not documented until the late twelfth century, however, it was founded sometime in the mid-eleventh century.

In this seminar, a panel of national and international speakers will discuss the origins of the cult of the saint in Norway and how it spread overseas. Thus, placing the church of St Olave in context.

Speakers will include Fiona Baldwin, Ann Buckley, Howard Clarke, Else Berit Eikeland, Stuart Kinsella, Steffen Hope, and Anna Petersén.

More details can be found in our event poster.

Registration is free of charge.

Register here

Places for in person attendance are limited; however, the lecture will also be streamed live.

The Dublin Festival of History (DFOH) takes place from 25 September to 15 October

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