The Positives of the “Battle of Kells” Event

Well, you may have read our report on the Battle of Kells organisational shambles – but as we have mentioned before, it was all to do with the people behind the scenes, who badly let the reenactors, the traders, the volunteers and the public down. The fall-out of the non-event is immense, and currently a report by one of the organisers is being prepared.

But … no, let me rephrase that … BUT not all was bad. Mainly because some folks did their best to let at least a mini-event arise from the (very wet) ashes on Sunday. Which, in the end, did deliver almost nothing of what was announced (see the Battle of Kells website for the promised programme, most of which never materialised), but at least kept the visitors happy. To what extend is open to discussion.

So, here are some images from the day …

New Discovery (For Us) of the Day

Undoubtedly Dinah Thorneycroft of Scotia Armoury, Clink & Puppet Display, who was there with … finger puppets! Spot the Midgard serpent and other assorted folk:


Here you can see Dinah explaining the story of Fafnir with the visual aid of a puppet (which actually was two-sided, read the story for yourself if you don’t know why). A brillant idea to educate (not only) young folk about history and mythology.


Best Overall Display

This must have been the Strathleven Artizans, who brought King Robert the Bruce to life. With a good display of armoury, and a lot of background information.



Though not everyone seemed convinced that Robert was the rightful lawful king … maybe a young Comyn?


Traders – Artizans – Artists

Here we had pottery (in a rare sunny moment on Sunday morning) …


… the Viking sisterhood selling goodies from shield buckles (doubling up as kiddie’s helmets) to Thor’s hammer (trading as Wolfcastle Stronghold) …


… a really brillant court jester (a.k.a. children’s entertainer …


… Barry from Fingal Living History Society setting up …


… and a “druidic adviser to the king” (John Barbour never mentions her):


Random Impressions

Newgrange Falconry had a host of birds of prey on display (we did not see them flying), and owls always get my nod …


… Barry added a very familiar raven …


… the next generation of Vikings was coming on strong …


… some armour getting rusty …


Ardglass Vikings (of “Vikings” fame) had some illuminated illumination …


… and some folks didn’t last the day:


And Finally … Herself!

Freya, a camp follower of the Ardglass Vikings, a very friendly and frisky canine. And I still insist they need to get her a personal chariot, drawn by cats …



    • Well, sorry, but we had decided to up sticks after the display was dropped from the agenda several times (see other article). Having seen Knights of the Damned before, I can say that I was sorry to miss it. And I am happy to add that the problems with the scheduling/rescheduling of the display was not caused by the Knights themselves …

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