Medieval drinking buddies and past lives:

The editors of Tales of Medieval Dublin have been hard at work again, this time asking questions that get to the heart of what medieval research is all about:

Which medieval Dubliner should be your drinking buddy?

Sparky's Flowchart Final


Which medieval Dubliner were you in a past life?

Which medieval Dubliner are you

For details about these characters and more read Tales of Medieval Dublin, on sale now at Four Courts Press.

Coming up in September:

The next Milestones of Medieval Dublin lecture will be given by Áine Foley on the Execution of William Bermingham on 8 September 2015.

The talk will begin at 1.05pm at the Wood Quay Venue of Dublin City Council.

As always these talks are free and open to the public.

We hope to see you there!


Once again the Friends of Medieval Dublin will be offering free walking tours of the medieval city to coincide with Heritage Week, 22-29 August.

Tours are free, but spaces are limited so you must register.

For registration and more information on the tours please check out our Heritage Week page here.

The next Milestones of Medieval Dublin lecture will be given on the 11th of August by Linda Doran and will focus on the ‘Carlow corridor’ and it’s relation to Dublin.

As always the lectures begin at 1.05pm and are held at the Wood Quay venue of Dublin City Council.

These lectures are free and all are welcome.

We hope to see you at some of our upcoming events this August!

July was a busy month for the Friends of Medieval Dublin who hosted two exciting and free events relating to Medieval Dublin.  The first was a half-day symposium inspired by the 800th anniversary of the granting of the Magna Carta.  What did this mean for Dublin?  And what is the importance of the Fee-Farm charter for Dublin granted just after its more famous legal cousin, Magna Carta?

The second event in July was our long-established lunchtime lecture series, with the second talk on the foundation of Christ Church on July 14th.

More details on both events are provided below!

EVENT 1 – July 2015! 


Public Seminar 2nd July,Wood Quay Venue

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, and a fortnight after the Magna Carta, on 3rd July 1215, King John granted the Fee-Farm charter to Dublin.

To commemorate this event, Dublin City Council, in partnership with Trinity College Dublin and the Friends of Medieval Dublin, organised a half-day symposium to explore these hugely significant legal documents.

king john

13.45                           Welcome

14.00–15.15                Session 1        

Magna Carta @ 800: Discoveries from the Magna Carta Project

                                       Dr Hugh Doherty (University of East Anglia)

Dublin’s Witness to Magna Carta: Henry of London, Archbishop of Dublin

                                        Margaret Murphy (Carlow College)

General discussion

15.15–15.45                Tea and coffee

15.45–17.00                Session 2        

Dublin’s Fee-Farm Charter @ 800: The Growth of Urban Autonomy

                                    Professor Seán Duffy (Trinity College Dublin)

The Meaning of Magna Carta in Medieval Ireland

                                    Dr Peter Crooks (Trinity College Dublin)

General discussion and summing up


EVENT 2 – July 2015! 


In the second talk in the monthly lunch-time lecture series, Dr Stuart Kinsella focused on the fascinating topic of the foundation of Christchurch.

“11th century: the foundation of Christ Church”

Milestones Friend of Medieval Dublin Poster 2015

As always, admission is free and all are welcome.

Past Events:

Thank you to everyone who came to the Medieval Dublin symposium on 16 May this year.  We had a fantastic turnout and an excellent array of papers.  Hope you all enjoyed the day and are looking forward to the published proceedings!

If you want to read more about the event please go to our dedicated symposia page

Medieval Dublin XIV now available!

Find it online or in stores today.

Medieval Dublin XIV


Dublin and the Late Roman comb
Ian Riddler & Nicola Trzaska-Nartowski

Life in the big city: being at home in Viking Dublin
Rebecca Boyd

The conversion of the Vikings of Dublin
Gwendolyn Sheldon

What the Vikings really thought about Clontarf: a speculation
Lenore Fischer

A rising tide doesn’t life all boats: archaeological excavations at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin
A.R. Hayden

St Mary’s Abbey, Dublin, and its medieval farm suppliers
Geraldine Stout

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin: the recent discovery of the thirteenth-century south nave wall
Linzi Simpson

Trouble with the archbishop in thirteenth-century Dublin
Charles Smith

Janico Markys, Dublin, and the coronation of ‘Edward VI’ in 1487
Randolph Jones

The bailiffs, provosts and sheriffs of the city of Dublin
Eoin C. Bairéad

Recent Book launch:Tales of Medieval Dublin, Mansion House, Dublin

Congrats to editors Sparky Booker and Cherie N. Peters on the recent publication of the Tales of Medieval Dublin 

Recounting the tales of some lesser known Dubliners in the middle ages, the book, based on the Friends of Medieval Dublin’s past lecture series, is a great read and looks fantastic!


Cherie N. Peters signing autographs


Editors Sparky Booker and Cherie N. Peters at the launch of Tales of Medieval Dublin at the Mansion House

Copies of this book are now available in all good local bookshops and online at:http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/product.php?intProductID=1190


The Skeleton’s Tale | Linzi Simpson (ind.)Tales book image

The Abbot’s Tale | Seán Duffy (TCD)

The Slave’s Tale | Poul Holm (TCD)

The Mother’s Tale | Howard B. Clarke (RIA)

The Farmer’s Tale | Cherie N. Peters (TCD)

The Tax Collector’s Tale | Áine Foley (TCD)

The Archdeacon’s Tale | Margaret Murphy (Carlow College)

The Crusader’s Tale | Edward Coleman (UCD)

The Wife’s Tale | Gillian Kenny (TCD)

The Mason’s Tale | Michael O’Neill (ind.)

The Notary’s Tale | Caoimhe Whelan (TCD)

The Knight’s Tale | Sparky Booker (TCD)

The Man of Law’s Tale | Colm Lennon (NUIM)

The Poet’s Tale | Katharine Simms (TCD)

New Battle of Clontarf Website

Battle of Clontarf website

A new website has been created at Trinity College Dublin for students and the public to provide access to the historical and archaeological information and resources on the Battle of Clontarf, one of the most emblematic battles in Irish history.

This website includes a number of different sections that hope to enrich the reader’s understanding of life in Ireland in 1014, exploring daily life in Viking-Age Ireland, the key players of the battle and the political rivalries that led to Clontarf.

Dynamic interactive maps allow you to explore Viking raids and settlement development, Brian Boru’s military campaign and what happened on Good Friday, 2 April 1014.

Also check out the interactive timeline and remembering Clontarf section to see how Brian and the battle have been remembered in the thousand years since it occurred.

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