For nearly a thousand years Ireland, which lay on
the fringes of the European Continent was not disturbed by foreign
invaders. Thus, it was that a culture
and civilization flourished which was to become the “Wonder of the Western
With the coming of the Vikings in the 8th
Century gradual changes occurred., particularly in the coastal regions. The land was laid waste, the churches,
monasteries and homes of kings, princes and lowly alike, were destroyed. Many of Ireland’s youth were captured and
sold into slavery.