Official opening by Ms. Louise Holmsgaard, the Danish Embassy's First Secretary of Political, Economic and Cultural Affairs, on Saturday 2pm in the Festival Field.
Our 2012 Annagassan Viking festival was another very successful and enjoyable one with thousands of visitors spanning 22 countries as can be seen from the YouTube video below! We thank all who completed our survey and the helpful suggestions to make this years festival even better. We have taken many of these on board and will implement them in this year's festival.
Annagassan Viking Festival 2012
In 2008, a visit to Denmark took place as part of the search for the lost Viking longphort of Linn Duachaill. Its aim was to create links with Danish communities and Viking groups.Arising from this, a Viking group visited Annagassan for a Viking festival. This featured Viking re-enactments and lifestyles.
Since the first Annagassan Viking festival in 2008, visitor numbers and interest has grown substantially. Each festival features living history re-enactments, Viking battles and weapons displays with both the Magnus Viking Group from Killyleagh in Co. Down and the Danish Frederickssund Viking re-enactment group who visit us annually. The festival is part of a greater Viking movement in Annagassan, which culminated in the community-led discovery of the Viking Longphort of Linn Duachaill in 2010.
Surplus funds raised by the festival go towards the archaeological excavation of Annagassan's Viking longphort, now acknowledged to be of European importance (see www.linnduachaill.ie ) This year's Annagassan Viking festival reconnects us with our Celtic and Viking past and promises to be the best yet!