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    Vikings saved Ireland’s population from ‘serious decline’, study shows

    Ireland's population was in "serious decline" before the arrival of the Vikings, according to new research.

    It had been assumed that the Irish population saw a steady rise across the centuries until the Great Famine in the 1840s.

    But now academics at Queen's University Belfast have estimated that past population numbers had declined for almost 200 years before the Vikings settled in Ireland in the 10th century.

    They did this using rigorous archaeological data science algorithms, to analyse a database of archaeological sites discovered during Ireland's "Celtic Tiger" years, when there was a boom in motorway building and other developments.

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