Swords 1014 Commemoration

Dates for your Diary - Friday 25th and Saturday the 26th April.

To commemorate Swords connection with the1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf and the death of Brian Boru as well as Fingal’s strong links to the Vikings, Fingal County Council has organised a weekend of activities in the town of Swords itself that will include a night time torch-light parade to mark the funeral procession and handing over of Brian’s body to the delegation from Armagh.  

Two-days of family fun are also planned with a Viking Village in the town park of Swords Castle that will include battle re-enactments, archery and falconry demonstrations, an exhibition on “The Vikings in Fingal”, talks for children on Viking life, and hands-on activities on what it is like to be an archaeologist digging for ancient treasures and remains.

So come join us bringing family, friends and visitors for an exhilarating trip back through Fingal’s history.   Get into the spirit of the things by coming dressed as a Viking or Irish warrior, you can even grow, knit or make you own beard!!! All events are free.

The Friday night Fire and Torch Parade on the 25th April will take place on Swords Main Street from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. with re-enactors marching down Main Street by torch-light carrying the body of Brian Boru to Swords Town Park.

VIKING VILLAGE - Town Park, Swords, Co. Dublin -Sat 26th  April 2014 11am to 5pm
Come visit the Viking Village in Swords Town Park to see how the Vikings lived with battle re-enactments, crafts, weapons demonstrations, falconry, music, food, story-telling.  Take part in the “Big Dig” (tbc) where children can see what it is like to be an archaeologist searching for hidden artefacts.