Brian Boru - High King of Ireland
The 11th century High King of Ireland, Brian Boru - one of the most influential and colourful figures in Irish history was born into the Dalcassian tribe in 941 in Killaloe, Co. Clare during an era of Viking invasion. Brian Boru emerged as a great leader who assumed the High Kingship of Ireland in 1002. During his reign, Ireland enjoyed peace and prosperity. In 1014, his forces recorded a very successful victory over the Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf, but, Brian was killed tragically after the battle was won. Brian Ború's spirit lives on in County Clare and Ireland.
941- Born in Killaloe, Co. Clare.
951- Brian's father Cinneide killed by the Vikings, his brother, Mahon becomes King of the Dalcassians.
968- Brian and Mahon recover Cashel from the Vikings.
970- Mahon becomes King of Munster at Cashel.
976- Mahon assassinated by rival chieftains: Brian becomes King of the Dalcassians.
977- Brian inaugurated as King of Munster.
982- High King, Malachy insults Brian at Magh Adhair near Quin, Co. Clare.
997- Brian and Malachy make peace and divide Ireland between them.
999-Brian and Malachy defeat the Vikings and Maolmordha, King of Leinster. Brian marries Malomordha's sister Cormfhlaith, while his daughter marries Sitric.
1002- Brian inaugurated High King of Ireland and Brian worships in St. Cronan's Church, Tuamgraney adjacent to Clareville House. This Church is still in continuous use and is well worth a visit. Brian Boru
arranged for the repair of the steeple in 1012. Brian's brother Marcan was Abbot on the monastic island Inis Cealtra otherwise known as Holy Island. We can arrange a visit of this beautiful island for
1005- Brian visits Armagh and endorses its Church's primacy of Ireland.
1014- Brian Boru's forces defeat the Vikings at Clontarf and is killed near the battlefield.
2002- 1000th anniversary year of the inauguration of Brian Boru as High King of Ireland.
2014- Commemeration and celebrations of the Life of Brian Boru.
Places of interest to visit:
Brian Ború Heritage Centre, Killaloe where visitors can learn more about Brian.
Then visit St. Flannan's Cathedral, Killaloe built by King Donal Mor O'Brien in 1182, where a 1,000 year-old Ogham Stone
Kincora where Brian Boru's great palace stood.
St. Lua's Oratory, 9th century existed in Brian's time.
Brian Boru's spirit lives on in County Clare and Ireland.