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Vikings coming to Irish shores

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Filmed in County Wicklow and featuring Gabriel Byrne, the much-anticipated TV series ‘Vikings’ is finally coming to Irish television.

The historical drama that was filmed in Ashford Studios and features scenes shot in the Avoca Mines will screen on RTÉ 2 on Sunday January 26, at 9.30pm.

The miniseries was originally produced for the History channel and has already been commissioned for a ten-episode second series which will premier in the US on February 27, 2014.

The show has been a huge hit Stateside, attracting an audience of over 8 million people for its debut episode last year.

Last year hundreds of people turned up for auditions for the series in The Grand Hotel in Wicklow Town, with queues of people stretching down Abbey Street, eager to be a part of the show.

The show will appeal to fans of Game of Thrones, not only for its scenes of bloody battles, but for its compelling plot lines and power struggles.

Gabriel Byrne stars as chieftain Earl Haraldson, who has a conflict with warrior Ragnar Lothbrok, played by Travis Fimmel. Ragnar was an infamous Viking commander and the scourge of France and England.

Vikings was written by The Tudors scriptwriter, Michael Hirst and produced by Morgan O’Sullivan (The Tudors, Inside I’m Dancing), John Weber of Take 5 Productions (The Tudors, The Borgias), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer, James Flynn (The Tudors, The Borgias) and Sheila Hockin (The Tudors, The Borgias).

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