Brian Boru

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Last stand: re-enacting the Battle of Clontarf. Photograph: Frank Miller

In the spring of 1014 Brian Boru mustered his forces and marched on Dublin to suppress a rebellion by King Sitric Silkenbeard and Sitric’s uncl(...)

1014: Dublin 1,000 years ago, based on research by Dr Patrick Wallace. Illustration: Simon Dick/National Museum of Ireland

Can we envision Dublin before a city stood by the Liffey? What sort of environment did Dubliners of 1014 live in? We can make some reasonable g(...)

On TV: the series Vikings, which got the men’s hair about right. Photograph: History

1: They wore horned helmets They did not. Never. Not once. Not eve(...)

Victor: Brian Boru at Clontarf in 1014, painted in 1914 by James Ward. Photograph: courtesy of Dublin City Council

April 23rd is the 1,000th anniversary of the death of Brian Boru, the most famous and, arguably, the greatest Irishman before the modern era. H(...)

Map courtesy of Tomas O Brogain and History Ireland

Brian Boru marches his Dá l Cais army on Dublin in autumn 1013 and again in spring 1014 (1) to put down a rebellion led by King Sitric Silkenbeard.(...)

Windsor Castle: the repository of  flags of  Irish regiments in the British army which have not been seen in public since 1922. Photograph: Reuters

‘Hang up your brightest colours,” advised George Bernard Shaw after the death of Michael Collins. Both men would surely have relished this hist(...)

The theme of Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day parade is “Let’s Make History”, which will honour, among others, Brian Boru, with the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf, happening next month. Pictured Dessie Brierton as Brian Boru in a commemoration of the battle. Photograph: Joey Cleary

If the public could have their way, Brian O’Driscoll would probably be the grand marshal of the St Patrick’s D(...)

Musicians mark the start of National Tree Week 2014 at the Hell Fire Forest in Dublin by entertaining hill walkers.  Photograph: Maxwell’s

Music to celebrate the sound of trees, poetry in forests and trees planted to remember people who died by sui(...)

A detail from the cover of It’s The Stars Will Be Our Lamps by Alan Walsh

I was living in London when I started reading the old Irish stories again. I had gone there for work and had started missing home pretty hard. It’s a (...)

Death of Brian Boru in his Tent, engraving by Edward Finden c. 1840. llustration: Getty Images/Bridgeman Art Library Bitter end: the death of Brian Boru in his tent, in an engraving by Edward Finden from The History of Ireland, Down to Its Last Chief. Illustration: Bridgeman/Getty

John Ford’s great movie The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance ends with the line “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” It is a dictum whose for(...)

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