Annagassan Viking Festival
Next edition to be announced
Annagassan (County Louth)
Viking activity in County Louth is documented in the Irish annals from the 820s AD and the foundation of a permanent settlement on the coast at Linn Duachaill, Annagassan is recorded in 841, the same year as the longphort of Dubh Linn, ancient Dublin, was established. For fifty years the longphort of Linn Duachaill was an important base from which raids were launched into the Irish interior and on Britain. In its early phase Linn Duachaill seems to have rivalled Dublin as a Viking base on the east coast of Ireland. After the centuries of the abandonment, the site was discovered by archeologists in 2010, on a flat area on the Glyde River.
The Annagassan Viking festival is held each year, from 2008, attracting thousands of visitors at the ancient site of Linn Duachaill. A Viking village, complete with real Vikings and living events is set up in Annagassan. The reenactors from Ireland and Denmark illustrate everyday activities and customs of the Vikings. Each festival features mock Viking battles and weapons displays. The great celebration of the Celtic and Viking past invites adults and children to become its part and discover Annagassan’s origins.
Please contact the Organizers for the details.
Info & Contact
Association/organization name Annagassan Viking Festival
Festival Chairman - Tommy Mulroy
Festival Secretary - Helen Gotts
Address: Linn Duachaill (Viking longphort), near the village of Annagassan, townland of Ballynagassan, County Louth