Celebrating Brian Boru - the Millennium of the Battle of Clontarf

The story of Brian Boru, his life, his triumph and tragic death at Clontarf in 1014 has captured the imagination of generations of Irish people.

Arguably the most important battle to have been fought on Irish soil during the early medieval period and possibly one of the most important battles throughout the entire history of Ireland. The battle was so important because the expansion the Viking empire was curtailed as a result. There were other political results also, critical to the development of medieval Ireland. , which will be explored by Professor Howard Clarke in his address at this year's Clans of Ireland Conference on April 12th., the title of which is 'Clontarf 1014 - A battle of the clans'.

A major programme of festivals and events will run throughout the millennium year 2014 in Clontarf and nationwide at locations with close associations with the life and death Brian Boru. The millennium of the Battle of Clontarf and the series of commemorative events will stimulate a renewed interest in Ireland's medieval history, the enduring fascination with Brian Boru and his role in the emergence of Dublin as the capital of Ireland.

The 2014 national programme of events will centre on four key locations with links to Brian’s life; Killaloe in Co. Clare, Brian’s birthplace and seat of Brian Boru’s High Kingship , Cashel in Co.Tipperary where Brian was crowned High King of Ireland, Clontarf in Dublin where Brian died, and Armagh, where Brian Boru is buried. This includes the largest Viking living history village and battle re-enactment ever staged in these islands.

The Programme of Festivals, Events and Initiatives to commemorate Brian Boru and the millennium of The Battle of Clontarf is an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the King known as the “Emperor of the Irish”.

The Millennium Commemoration at Clontarf Castle Hotel

To mark the 1,000 year anniversary of the 1014 Battle of Clontarf, Clontarf Castle Hotel are offering special treats to guests staying during the month of April 2014.

  • Main course carvery lunch for €10.14 on Good Friday
  • Guests named O’Brien receive a complimentary drinks in Knights
  • Discounts on Viking splash tour for all guests who stay over Easter weekend
  • Discover your Viking name at our Concierge Desk
  • All children staying over Easter weekend receive a special treat
  • Castle Easter Egg hunt for children
  • Brian Boru welcome pack in bedrooms over Easter weekend

Battle of Clontarf Millennium Package

Experience Clontarfs rich history during the 1000 year anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf.
Enjoy the many free events taking place in Clontarf during April.
This break includes two nights bed & breakfast with dinner on the evening of your choice plus tickets to Dublins Little Museum Battle of Clontarf Exhibition.

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