Flashmob highlight Viking influence

A MEDIEVAL flashmob organised to highlight Cork’s origins as a town founded by Norwegian Vikings in 915AD was among the highlights of the city’s annual Heritage Day which took place on Saturday.

The three-minute Viking flashmob is based on a You Tube video that has clocked up in the region of 20 million hits. On Saturday an estimated 70 people did a reconstruction of the energetic arm movements depicted in the “Techno Viking” video.

The group gathered at the National Monument on Grand Parade at 1pm, before revealing their Viking costumes and dancing 300 metres to the Berwick Fountain.

Liam Mannix, of the Irish Walled Towns Network of the Heritage Council, said not many people in Cork are aware that the original town was established by Vikings.

“Hopefully, it will get people asking questions and carrying out their own research. If someone’s interest is tweaked by the flashmob, they might go and look it up, go online or into the library and start asking questions. If you discover something yourself, you are more likely to retain it.”

Meanwhile, the Port of Cork opened its doors to the public as part of Cork Heritage Day.

The rooms of Custom House were open to the public offering visitors the opportunity to view the impressive boardroom and committee room as well as the fine collection of maritime artwork owned by the Port of Cork Company.

The “Port In Pictures”, a photographic exhibition of the port over the years; was also on display in Custom House.

Organised by Cork City Council, Cork Heritage Open Day celebrates Ireland’s architecture and heritage by enabling free access to properties and events of interest to the public that are either not usually open to the public, or would normally charge an entrance fee.

This year 38 buildings opened their doors to the public free of charge. Venues such as UCC Boole Library, the Cork Circuit Courthouse, the South Presentation Convent, Triskel Christchurch, St Finbarre’s Cathedral, Port of Cork, Crawford Art Gallery, CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, and the Lewis Glucksman Gallery offered free guided tours of their premises. Guided tours also took place in Fota House and in Blackrock Castle.

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