Battle of Clontarf

So next year will be the 1000 year anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf; you know, the one where Brian Boru sorts out the nasty vikings here in Ireland. Ed Mooney has done a lovely blog piece about the battle and the history surrounding it; it is well worth a read.
There is current planning for a re-enactment event here in Ireland from the time that Boru masses his army in Killaloe before the march to Dublin for the battle, extending on through his wake in Swords Castle and burial in Armagh. It should be a truly awesome event. You can check out the current plans here on Facebook.
Thanks again to Ed Mooney’s blog for this original post!

Ed Mooney Photography

On this day 999 years ago, Brian Boru, the King of Munster and  one of the biggest badass warriors in Ireland at the time, knocked 50 shades of S##t out of the Vikings of Dublin at Clontarf. The Vikings and their allies from Leinster, the Orkneys and the Isle of Mann were led by Sitric Silkbeard. The Battle was a result of over two centuries of treachery, failed alliances and treaties between the Celtic Chieftains and the Norsemen whom had taken a strong foothold in Ireland ever since they gave up  plundering the gold, chalices, crosses and manuscripts of the monasteries and the corn harvests of the settled communities. Gradually they established Viking settlements around Ireland and engaged in trade and commerce. However there was a strong opposition to their presence in Ireland from the southern province of Munster. Here Brian had promptly kicked Viking ass on several occasions. Brian’s…

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