Battle of Clontarf re-enactment attracts 40,000 spectators
More than 500 people recreate historic clash between Viking and Irish armies
More than 500 Vikings and Irish army men descend on St Anne’s Park, Raheny this Easter Weekend for the largest ever Irish battle re-enactment at at the Battle of Clontarf Festival. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times
Around 40,000 spectators turned out to watch a re-enactment of the Battle of Clontarf in Dublin today.
More than 500 people in costume re-created the historic clash between Viking and Irish armies at St Anne’s Park in Raheney, to honour the millennium anniversary of the famous battle which resulted in a defeat for the Vikings and the death of Brian Boru.
The fine weather swelled visitor numbers to twice the figure anticipated by the festival’s organisers, a spokeswoman for Dublin City Council said this evening.
The re-enactments, the largest ever to take place in Ireland, are being held today and tomorrow close to the original battle site.
The two-day Battle of Clontarf Festival also includes a medieval village with over 80 tents, skills and weapons demonstrations, a mounted display on horses, a Viking longboat, falconry, archery, food and music.
Visitors are also welcome to participate in the creation of a giant tapestry on a loom, to make their own Viking or Gaelic flags, swords and shields, or create a labyrinth from Irish willow.
The festival continues tomorrow from 11am to 7pm. brianborumillennium.ie