WITH HIS long red hair and ginger beard, Eamonn Ryan was always going to be a shoo-in for the role of a viking.
And producers of a docu-drama to be shown next year by the US-based international satellite and cable TV History channel obviously think so too.
But just as the Vikings travelled in packs, Eamonn, 39, from Lower Rosses, Rosses Point, is not alone. With him is another Sligo man, Gerry McEvoy.
The €30m ten-episode series is currently being shot near the village of Ashford, Co. Wicklow. "They make it look like real life," Eamonn said.
Among the stars involved are Gabriel Byrne and Donal Logue.
Eamonn and Gerry were chosen from among thousands for the roles. He said: "I got a photo taken and filled out an application.
"We were all lined up outside a film base in Temple Bar in Dublin. There were thousands there during three days."
Eamonn, who teaches guitar and works as a care assistant in Cregg House, will be featured in episode eight, walking up a hill and into a temple.