Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf: interpro or international?

13 Sep 2011

The Clontarf Historical Society has asked us to draw your attention to an upcoming show in the RDS that may be of interest to anyone who wants to find out more about the Battle of Clontarf and Brian Boru.

History Ireland will be holding one of their ‘Hedge Schools’ at the Irish genealogy and family history show, 'Back to our Past' which will be at the RDS Industries’ Hall, Ballsbridge from 21st to 23rd October.

The hedge school, which starts on Saturday 22nd at 3.00pm, will be of great interest to all Clontarf people because its subject is entitled:

Brian Boru and the battle of Clontarf: interpro or international?

The session will take the form of a round table discussion by three eminent historians: Professor Sean Duffy, TCD; Dr Colmán Etchingham, NUI Maynooth; Dr Edel Bhreathnach, O Cleirigh Institute, UCD, and the discussion will be chaired by the editor of History Ireland, Tommy Graham.

Over the years there have been many views on the reasons and consequences of the battle of Clontarf: it was an attempt at a naked grab for power by Brian Boru; it was an attempt to forge a united national state; it resulted in the Vikings being driven from Ireland. All of these matters, and others, will b explored by the panel. Hedge school panel discussions are normally lively, informal affairs during which participation by the audience is welcomed. So, if you are someone who has always wanted to know about the battle but never got around to doing something about it, or if you have opinions on the battle and would like to voice them, this is an opportunity you cannot afford to miss.

Entrance to the show is €10 (or €5 if booked one month in advance) and this includes entry to the discussion. No advance booking is necessary but it is advisable to arrive early to ensure a good seat. Full information about the show can be seen at

Note also that the next monthly meeting of Clontarf Historical Society is on 10th October and the AGM will also he held that evening. Full Details.