The experimental voyage of the 30-metre-long Viking ship reconstruction, the “Sea Stallion from Glendalough”, from Roskilde to Dublin and back has already generated a lot of scientific information, created international contacts, and not least regular friendships.
A friendship of the more spectacular kind was agreed last night when the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Paddy Bourke, and the Mayor of Roskilde, Poul Lindor Nielsen, said a formal goodbye to the Sea Stallion in a beautiful ceremony at Dublin City Hall. For they also tied a special bond between the two cities with a “declaration of friendship” and the establishment of a common time capsule that will be buried in Roskilde. This not yet city-twinning, but hopes are probably high…
The time capsule contains a number of items representative of the two cities, from children and cultural life, to represent our time. The time capsule is not to be opened for 250 years. We leave that to others.
By Lars Normann