Battle of Clontarf - commemorations 2014


Clontarf Viking Festival - Barbara CottierThe Battle of Clontarf heritage trail, marking the site of the seminal battle and linking to a national Brian Ború heritage trail between Killaloe, Co. Clare (where Ború was born), Cashel, Co.Tipperary (where he was crowned high king) and Armagh, Co. Down (where he lies buried) will be launched in April 2014. During Heritage Week on 17. - 24. August, there will be daily guided walks along trail.

Clontarf Viking Festival on 19. - 20. April staged the largest Viking village and living history battle re-enactment ever produced in Ireland.The Viking village contained static and interactive displays of Viking life and included demonstrations of Viking Skills and Crafts.

Composer Michael Rooney has written a suite of music reflecting the life and death of Brian Ború.  The world premiere of ‘The Boroimhe Suite’ will take place in Clontarf on 21. April.

A major art exhibition in Clontarf Castle Hotel (17. -21. April) also marked the anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf. Artists exhibited over two hundred works in oils, watercolours, acrylics, drawings, mixed media, mixed textiles and sculpture with the theme ‘Clontarf 1014 – 2014’ .

On 28. & 29. June the celebrations will continue with a rally of traditional wooden boats. For an overview of all events, click here


Killaloe, with its 'twin town' of Ballina (towns are joined by Killaloe Bridge), will celebrate the life and high kingship of Brian Ború throughout the year, including an anchor event at its St Patrick’s Festival in March.

The towns are also planning April millennium commemorations, a summer Brian Ború festival and even New Year's Eve festival to celebrate the end of Brian Ború Millennium. The festivities will include a large scale living history programme, performances depicting Brian Ború and his forces as they prepare to set off for battle, lectures, workshops and tours. Read more


Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel was the seat of the High Kings of Munster and is now one of Ireland's most popular tourist sites.

Cashel’s ‘To crown a King’ festival will run from 24. -27. April, celebrating the Brian Ború Millennium with a weekend of concerts, talks and a huge community pageant. Read more


The ancient cathedral city of Armagh is the burial place of Brian Ború. A series of events are planned for Armagh including a warrior re-enactment, Viking long-boats, ecumenical church services, a Viking village and musical performances. Read more