Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Battle of Clontarf: 1000 Year Anniversary

Viking helmet
One thousand years ago today, on the 23rd of April 1014 AD, on the Easter Sunday of that year, the Battle of Clontarf was fought between Brian Boru and Mael Morda and the kingdoms of Ireland, the earldoms of the Isles and mercenaries from much of Northern Europe. I have written some posts previously about this event. It is a sombre recollection but an interesting one, as we think how this event has changed Irish history. It is important as well to remember the historians, annalists and saga-writers who kept the tale of these events alive.

Enjoy the millennium anniversary.