The Vikings attacked Ireland in two waves, the first began in 795. By 841 AD they had established settlements in Fingal which they abandoned in 902, re-established in 917 and developed thereafter. The Fingal area, north of Dublin, derives its name from the Gaelic words 'Fine Gall' meaning 'land of the fair haired stranger' in reference to the Vikings who settled in the area from the 8th Century onwards. In fact at the Battle of Clontarf, during which the Irish Kings famously defeated the Viking invaders, the Viking flag was captured and the black raven featured on the flag remains the symbol of Fingal today.

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