Photo slideshow: Athy Viking Festival and Castledermot Medieval Festival

The South Kildare Medieval Festival took place on Sunday, August 18, centred around the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum.

The event featured academic lectures and workshops, a street fair with Viking traders and a fun day for young and old.

the Living History Viking Village featured all sorts of Viking traders, potters, leather workers and market stalls, and there was also an artisan fair, where visitors sampled the wares of exotic traders.

There was also combat displays, a long boat model and much more.

Meanwhile, Castledermot held its own medieval Festival the previous day, Saturday August 17.

The day started with a tour of medieval Castledermot, follwed by a free festival on Fair Green, run by the Castledermot Local History Group and Tidy Towns committee.

The School of Irish Archaeology held a dig for kids, and there was also face painting and medieval boot throwing.

Leinster Leader photographer Tony Keane was on hand to capture the events on both days.