Viking longship docked at Heritage Park

By Sara Gahan

Danielle Reck and Alan Boland with the Viking longship 'Gro' in the visitor reception area at the Irish National Heritage Park.
Danielle Reck and Alan Boland with the Viking longship 'Gro' in the visitor reception area at the Irish National Heritage Park.
The Viking Boat GRO in The Irish National Heritage Park.

The Vikings have come in from the cold in Wexford, in the shape of the longship boat 'Gro', which has been taken out of the Slaney and put on display in the visitor centre reception area of the Irish National Heritage Park Wexford.

'Gro' was built in 2006 by a team of craftsmen from Denmark, Rasmus Budde Jensen, Jacob Schroll and Sorren Nielsen of the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, on site at the park for a period of six to eight weeks.

The boat's name 'Gro' comes from Rasmus Jensen's wife as it was a Viking tradition to name boats after women, a tradition that has spread across Europe.

Vikings decorated all their woodwork from houses, boats and everyday utensils. Gro is regularly taken out on the Slaney to keep the timber in good order.

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