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VIKING NETWORK IRELAND

IRISH SCHOOLS PROJECTS

ST. COLMAN'S NS, MULLINGAR, CO. WESTMEATH.

TEACHER: WILLIAM GERAGHTY


THE VIKINGS IN WESTMEATH.

Turgesius Turgesius, a Viking chief, arrived in Ireland about the year 832 AD. He had a very large number of the Norsemen under his command. He founded the town of Dublin. This was the first Viking town in Ireland. His wife was called Ota. She took over the monastery of Clonmacnoise after it was plundered by Turgesius.

It was Turgesius who made most of the attacks on the monasteries in the midlands of Ireland. He sailed up the river Shannon and the river Brosna into Lough Owel, in Co. Westmeath. He made Lough Owel his headquarters.

The high king of Ireland during this time was Malachy who, according to some historians challenged Turgesius to single combat on the shores of Lough Owel. Malachy defeated him and drowned him in the waters of the lake in 845 AD. It is said that Turgesius wore a collar of gold and that Malachy took this from him after he killed him.

Lough Owel

Lough Owel.

Another version of this story says King Malachy's daughter was going out with Turgesius. One day King Malachy said he would send 15 girls with him. As it turned out he sent 15 young men disguised as girls. They were all soldiers and they took Turgesius to King Malachy as he wanted to kill him. He kept him alive for a few days and made him suffer. Then he threw him, tied in chains, into Lough Owel and Turgesius drowned.

We are not sure which version is true, but you can make up your own mind. One way or another it was the end of Turgesius!

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