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Vikings all set to invade Baldoyle!

by Eoin Mulcahy

The people of Baldoyle and surrounds are preparing themselves for a Viking invasion on the 11th and 12th September. Baldoyle Forum are holding a Viking Heritage Festival on the green spaces either side of the Baldoyle Community Centre and a number of battles are anticipated.

30-40 Vikings will be descending on the area demonstrating battle re-enactments and everyday living. Music, puppet making, blacksmithing, weapon making and much more will be there on the day for people to examine. Resurrecting monuments will be launching their new book and the well-known Baldoyle Historian, Michael Hurley, will be conducting 2 walking tours around Baldoyle. Highlighting the event will be an enormous Viking Longboat for people to witness.

A wonderful new wall mural of Viking ships has been created to help to promote the event.
“This is a great way to celebrate Baldoyle’s rich heritage”, said Joan Hopkins, co-ordinator of the event, “and we’re really delighted to have Michael Hurley and his wealth of knowledge joining us”.

The event coincides with Bike Week and there may also be exhibits on this theme.

The site is within walking distance of 3 DART stations and the new Cycle Greenway so organisers are encouraging people to leave their cars behind them for the day to walk, wheel or cycle instead, as parking is very limited.
This free event will run from 12.30pm to 5.30pm Saturday 11th and 12.30pm to 4.30pm Sunday 12th and is sponsored by Baldoyle Forum and Fingal County Council Events.

Tickets to the Walking tours with Michael Hurley are €10 and places are limited.
For more information or to volunteer to help with the event, go to the Facebook page ‘Dark Stranger Heritage Festival’, Email: [email protected] or call 01 8395338.

End – for more information call 087 2301894 or 083 1031541

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