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The Vikings are ready for battle in Clontarf. Photo: Conor McCabe

The Vikings are ready for battle in Clontarf. Photo: Conor McCabe

The Vikings are ready for battle in Clontarf. Photo: Conor McCabe

THE Vikings are set to invade again, but many natives may not be able to get to the battlefield.

More than 40,000 spectators are expected to travel to see the re-enactment of the Battle of Clontarf in St Anne's Park, Raheny, Dublin, this weekend.

But the organisers had to move swiftly to put a contingency plan in place when they realised that DART trains would not operate at the stops after Connolly Station – which would service the area – on Sunday.

Dublin City Council has planned the event for the past five years to mark the 1,000th anniversary of the battle.

"More people will arrive by car now, but we've the facilities to accommodate that so we'll be fine," said Elaine O'Connor, the project manager for the festival.

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"Parking was always our concern at this event because there's limited space in the vicinity, but because of that it spurred us on to come up with a secondary plan and that was to have contingency parking so we've always been focused on it."

Barry Gaynor, of the Fingal Living History Society, who has organised the Viking element of the event, said he expects up to 40,000 people will attend on both Saturday and Sunday.

However, Irish Rail said it would not resume services for Easter Sunday as works on the DART line have been planned.

A spokesman for Irish Rail said it would cost it €100,000 to defer the works.

Dublin City Council said Dublin Bus will accept all rail tickets and will put on extra buses to Clontarf and a special shuttle bus from Connolly Station.

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