The battle of Clontarf

Today I traveled to St Anne's Park in Clontarf to watch a historical re-enactment of the battle of Clontarf which took place on this very day in the year 1014 AD. The battle saw the high king of Ireland Brian Boru battle the Vikings. The skirmish featured around 500 fully costumed and committed battlers from many countries including of course: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Denmark and even a bunch of Texan Vikings.

The combatants went at it with gusto and few survived the bloody battle with their intestines intact. The sun drenched fields of the sprawling St Anne's park also played host to a live music stage and a host of traditional craftsmen and women making clothing and wooden weapons. There were also demonstrations of archery and falconry. The festival is running all weekend and you can find out more on the official web page. Go and get in touch with your inner Viking and bring a sword if you have one!

 A viking family out for a spin in their long boat and a viking armoury

A viking family out for a spin in their long boat and a viking armoury

 The banners of war are flown and the combatants prepare to mix it up on the battle field.

The banners of war are flown and the combatants prepare to mix it up on the battle field.

 War is hell and most of the participants are put to the sword.

War is hell and most of the participants are put to the sword.

 Viking craftsmen and women try to flog their wares to the passing peasants.

Viking craftsmen and women try to flog their wares to the passing peasants.

 Demonstrations of traditional crafts

Demonstrations of traditional crafts

 A young wench enjoys the sun and a child soldier gets an archery lesson

A young wench enjoys the sun and a child soldier gets an archery lesson

 Some roasted squirrel is prepared for the victory feast.

Some roasted squirrel is prepared for the victory feast.