THE FABULOUS and tranquil setting of Powerscourt has been pillaged by vikings as part of filming for the new History Channel TV series 'Vikings'.
The country's highest waterfall will feature in the new TV series on the History Channel. Filming recently took place over three days at Powerscourt Waterfall and Estate, one of Ireland's premier tourism attractions.
Vikings will be a series high on adventure, exploration and warfare, but at its heart, it will also be a family saga. It follows the adventures of Ragnar Lathbork, a historical figure, and the greatest hero of his age, as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes.
The stellar cast includes Travis Fimmel ( The Beast, Baytown Outlaws) as Ragnar and Clive Standen (Camelot, Robin Hood) as Rollo, Ragnar's excessive, cruel cousin.
Fans of Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment, Usual Suspects) will be delighted to see him play Earl Haraldson, the most important local ruler in Ragnar's district.
Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee, Heroes, CSI) stars as Siggy, Earl Haraldson's beautiful wife. Vikings is created and written by Michael Hirst (The Tudors, Academy-Award winning film Elizabeth).
More than 25 different movies and TV series have been shot at Powerscourt Estate since Laurence Olivier started the trend by filming Henry V on the estate in 1944.
Since then films including Black Beauty, Barry Lyndon, The Count of Monte Cristo, Ella Enchanted and King Arthur have been filmed or partially filmed at Powerscourt.
Popular TV series such as The Tudors starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Camelot featuring Joseph Fiennes have also been shot on the estate.