A Fianna Fáil councillor has called on Waterford Council to write a letter dismissing Cork’s claims as Ireland’s oldest city.
During excavation in the rebel city evidence of house building from 1070 was found, 15 years before an urban layout began to emerge in Waterford according to Cork City Council.
However this was disputed by Waterford Museum, who say that the Vikings were in the locality some 150 years before they were in Cork.
Councillor Eamon Quinlan says Waterford must protect its viking brand. He said he read a very distressing article about “Cork City Council attempting to claim that they were an older than Waterford City in terms of a Viking settlement. This article came out just after Failte Ireland announced a Viking aspect of Ireland’s Ancient East.” He added that “Limerick, the capital of the mid-west, had also managed to sneak into Ireland’s Ancient East.”
The Council’s Deputy CEO Lar Power says there’s no need for a letter. He told the Metropolitan Council “at the end of the day Cork believe they have a house that out-dates ours, we believe they don’t. I think we will truly fulfill our requirements from the point of view of marketing Waterford going forward and I think the Vikings will be a big part of it.”