Brian Boru

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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(...)

 Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisin Quinn and Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan join pupils from St Anne’s Community College, Killaloe, Co Clare, at the launch of  events to commemorate Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf of 1014, at Trinity College Dublin today.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

At the launch of a year-long celebration of the life and death of High King Brian Boru in Trinity College this morning, a security guard briefly inter(...)

There is something cheesy-US-romcom-in-waiting about the case, worthy of a sequel to Leap Year, above

Forget shooting pigeons for food and endless reports on ghost estates: let’s just hope the American media doesn’t cop on to the most Irish news story (...)

The Strypes will perform at the New Year’s Eve concert in Dublin’s College Green along with Ryan Sheridan, MKS and headliners Madness. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dublin and Limerick will be the centrepiece locations for tomorrow night’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. The capital will hope to solidify its growing (...)

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