Thousands of people have turned out in Waterford to mark the start of a year of celebrations of the country's oldest city.

Waterford was founded 1,100 years ago by the Vikings,and a free outdoor spectacle took place on the city's quays tonight, produced by street theatre company Spraoi. 

Telling the story of the arrival of the Vikings in 914 AD, the event had dance, performance, pyrotechnics, light, music, narration and special effects.

Three stylised Viking ships which took two months to build were also on display.