President Mary McAleese will be in Denmark on a 3-day official visit with a busy itinerary, including visits to Aarhus and Samsø, but there will also be time to visit Roskilde.
This will be the first time Mary McAleese visits Denmark since she was elected president in 1997.
"We are delighted that the president has chosen the Viking Ship Museum as one of her destinations during her stay in Denmark. This demonstrates the importance that the Sea Stallion's trial voyage to Ireland had for the Irish people", says museum director Tinna Damgård-Sørensen. "It is more than 2 years since the ship and crew left Dublin, but we know that the ship's 10-month long stay at the National Museum of Ireland is still remembered by many people."
The Sea Stallion of Glendalough left a permanent impression in Ireland
The BBC-produced documentary on the voyage to Dublin has been shown 4 times in Ireland and it has attracted many viewers each time. Hundreds of thousands of visitors were at the National Museum's exhibition in Collins Barracks in central Dublin during the 10 months that the ship was on display.
The Viking Ship Museum will take this opportunity to invite the Sea Stallion's crew and other important collaborators from the project "Thoroughbred of the Sea" to a reception in connection with the president's visit.