Protest Against Destruction of Viking Settlement Wood Quay

On this day in 1978, the Friends of Medieval Dublin organised a march against the construction of civic offices on the site of a viking settlement at Wood Quay in Dublin.

Protesters include the poet Thomas Kinsella, who tells the crowd that this is “the birth place of our own city”. Other speakers include Mary Robinson, who would later become Ireland's first woman president, Dr Michael Herity of the Royal Society of Antiquaries and professors Kevin Nolan and FX Martin.

A RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 September 1978.

The protesters failed to halt construction on the site, which is now the location of Dublin City Council's civic offices.



 

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