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Rope in Irish History

The rope has been used in a variety of ways in Ireland since the earliest times. During the Iron Age and especially during the Viking Age (800-1050 AD), the rope was used mainly for nautical purposes, such as in fishing and constructing boats. The first rope in Ireland was believed to have been made from plants and trees. Later, animal sinews, such as those from deer, were cooked and beaten until they became strong enough to be used as rope. But it wasn’t until the Vikings arrived in Ireland in the 800s AD that rope be an important part of the country’s seafaring. The Vikings were the first to bring the skills of making rope to Ireland. They made rope...

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