A Powerful, Creative novel of the Norsemen's return to Waterford

by Maria Walsh

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''an insight to Waterford, 1100 years ago'',

A new and exciting novel about Viking Waterford 1100 years ago. The book describes the arrival to Waterford of Ragnall with his Vikings and their integration into the early Waterford community. It creates a fascinating insight into a Viking/Irish community in the year 914 AD. Some of the locations used in the book will be familiar to readers who know Waterford today and some will not since they have been obliterated by development. The story addresses the theory of how the Vikings became more Irish than the Irish themselves.
The book is largely based on the facts as are they are now known and a story has been cleverly woven around them by the author Maria Walsh.



The River

Ragnall looked at the horizon as he searched for the entrance to the Harbour. The land around the entrance to great river estuary is low-lying on its eastern side and difficult to see from a distance. You are almost upon it when you see it. This he knew from tales he had heard from others. Besides that he had his Kentmand Olaf with him. Olaf had sailed these waters before as a very young man and his knowledge was vital for the raiding party. Olaf knew that the monks maintained a light for the sailors to warn them of the low-lying peninsula.



Suddenly, they were around the next headland and there to their left the most beautiful, long pristine white beach appeared. Perfect for their purpose! Ragnall gave the signal to beach the longship. The rest of the fleet followed suit. Pretty soon the men were wading ashore with their belongings. The beach was filling with longships and men, making their way ashore, were swarming everywhere, surrounded by woods and sheltered by a large headland at each end of the beach.


Maidoc's Monastery

There was a tiny island situated in the middle of the river just at Maidoc's monastery settlement. This, it seemed, was used to help people ford the river at that point. It would explain the reason why the monastery was built there in the first place. He searched the bank to see where he might beach his long-ship. He spotted a mudflat jutting out which looked suitable for the purpose. He got the helmsman to steer towards the marshy waters at the edge of the river. They pulled up through the rushes and were able to beach the long-ship comfortably on the mudflat. He scanned the group and saw Olaf standing with a group of dark strangers.


About the Book

Maria's Commentry

''To capture the story of the Viking Invasion of Waterford in 914 AD I knew I would have difficulty in retrieving historical facts to create a base for the novel. There are no written records of the period. The fragments in existence that do purport to record the time are contradictory due to being written at a later date by different authors in different periods of time. They are possibly also inaccurate. Archaeological investigations are the only reliable sources to discover their way of life and the recent finds at the Viking longphort of  

Woodstown near the present city helped to build this fictional story based around the known facts. What is certain is that Waterford City is a Viking City and its ancestors were Norse.  This is indisputable.Looking around at the faces of the people of the City today and hearing the names of the people and places confirms this''.

About Maria

Maria is herself from Waterford , and is the author of a children’s book of short stories “The Penguin who got lost” which are all based in Waterford.


waterford 914 launch

Donal Brazil, Chairman Waterford Civic Trust launches Waterford 914 together with Maria at The Book Centre Waterford.


Waterford 914

Is available at The Book Centre, Waterford and in all good bookshops

Price: €15.00

Signed copies of this book may be obtained from the author by emailing me HERE

ISBN number: 978-1-63041-043-8

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