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Friday 15 December 2017

Longboat escapes moorings but gets stuck under bridge

By Esther Hayden

Caught under the bridge: one obstacle the Vikings did not have to worry about.
Caught under the bridge: one obstacle the Vikings did not have to worry about.

It was a sight to behold and a throw back to Wexford's rich Viking history when a Viking longboat for struck under Wexford Bridge last week.

The historic replica of a Viking longboat is understood to have escaped its moorings at the Irish National Heritage Park during ex-Hurricane Ophelia. It made its way down river until it met the mighty force of Wexford Bridge and was unable to sneak under the bridge to make a bid for freedom.

Colm Campbell, general manager of the Riverbank Hotel, said the boat's predicament raised quite a number of comments from customers.

'It drew plenty of attention from customers and I think everyone had a giggle when they saw it.'

Wexford People

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