The Vikings set out from Scandinavia last week bound for Lucan, and are expected to hit town on Friday night.

No need to panic, however as this time they come in peace to take part in this year’s Lucan Festival which takes place this weekend.

This is the eleventh outing for the very popular local festival which has grown year on year since first launching in 2009.

Speaking to Dublin Gazette this week, festival event organiser, Joseph Reid says they’ve literally pushed the boat out this year!

“We are trying to do something different and bring a little bit of history to this year’s festival,” he said.

“On Friday afternoon, we’re going to place a 40-foot Viking Longboat into the weir which will make its way up from the Italian Ambassador’s residence.

“The fireworks will take place at 9 pm and we will have a few drummers who’ll drum up a storm and call the Vikings to arrive in the weir.

“The festival will be a bit of fun and it will also show the history of the Vikings, we want people to know about the history.”

Visitors can get up close and personal with the Vikings during a walk in the historic grounds of Lucan House, which will also be the location for a Viking village and several other attractions.

Admission is €5 at the gate from 1pm and under 12s are free.

Other highlights to look out for include a gnome treasure hunt for children, where they can dress up and take a selfie with the Vikings and an interactive forum between fourth year primary school students and senior citizens.

There will also be a model railway and photography exhibition in St Andrew’s Parish Centre from 2pm to 5pm with free admission.

Sunday is a Family Fun Day in the village, where there will be bouncy castles, loads of food and crafts stalls, a Garda Open Day and two stages of live music.

Lucan Festival 2019 takes place from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September in Lucan Village, for more information check out their Facebook page.