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  • Housing in Cork City

Vikings first on the property ladder

Archaeologists reckon the first were built on South Main Street around the end of the 11th Century.

They were built by the first descendants of the Viking raiders. Like Dublin, Cork was an important centre in the global Scandinavian trade network.

These Viking dwellings were rectangular structures of wood with thatched roofs. The roofs had holes in the centres to allow the smoke from the centrally placed hearths to escape.

They are the earliest houses in Cork for which we have physical evidence.