Evidence of Vikings in the area
1. The Viking settlers used coins that were Anglo Saxon from abroad
until 997AD when they opened their own mint in Dublin.
An Anglo Saxon coin of the time before the mint was open
was found at Rathdown.
Experts say that this means there were Viking settlers at Rathdown
or that Vikings in the area traded with the Irish at Rathdown.
2. Other signs of Vikings in the area include
that the road connecting Bray and Greystones, is called Windgates.
Windgates comes from the Viking word ‘gata’ which means ‘road’
3. There is a famous Irish history book written in the 17th century.
It is called ‘The Annals of the Four Masters’
In this book there is an account of the battle at Delgany in 1021
in which the King of Leinster beat Sitric,
the king of the Vikings from Dublin.
The book says that after the battle,
the Irish that had won killed any Vikings that were left.
There was a big battle in Bray too.
It was at a place called Sunnybank now
When the Vikings and the Irish fought there
it was called the ‘Bloody bank’.
Sunnybank in Bray is on the Dublin Road
near Ravenswell School, Amphibian King and Lidl.