Friday 22 August 2014

Viking raiders do battle in Wicklow

Kirsty Blake Knox

Published 18/06/2014 | 02:30

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Longboats prepare for the attack during filming of the History Channel series ‘Vikings’ on Blessington Lake

VISITORS to picturesque Blessington Lake in Co Wicklow were stunned to see the shores strewn with bloodied and bruised corpses and marauding Vikings crossing the water in longboats.

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Any shock was short-lived, however, as it became clear that filming was under way for the third series of History Channel's period drama 'Vikings'.

Created by Michael Hirst – the man behind hit show 'The Tudors' – the Norse drama pulled in 8.3 million viewers in the United States for its first episode.

Former Calvin Klein underwear model Travis Fimmel plays the lead role of Ragnar Lothbrok in the series and was seen enjoying a cigarette between takes.

All three series of 'Vikings' have been shot on location in Wicklow.

Irish actors including Gabriel Byrne, John Kavanagh, David Pearse, Sarah Greene and Moe Dunford have all appeared in the series.

Irish Independent

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