Brian Boru

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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 (...)

“Look, no horns.” Viking historian Iain Barber at the Rose and Viking festival in St Anne’s Park, Raheny, in 2012. Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s time to look towards 2014. So let’s start 1,000 years ago, give or take a few weeks.On April 23rd, 1014, the Battle of Clontarf was fought. About(...)

Brian Boru about to be put to the sword.

If the numbers were down on the blood-thirsty hordes of a thousand years ago, Vinny Fitzpatrick was impressed by the turnout as the great, and not so (...)

Images of 11th-century Irish warriors from the Breac Maedhóc house-shrine. Photograph courtesy of National Gallery

April 23rd, 2014, will be the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf. This major battle is probably the best known event from medieval Irish hi(...)

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