New book 'The Battle of Clontarf, Good Friday, 1014'

26 Apr 2013

New book 'The Battle of Clontarf, Good Friday, 1014'With the upcoming millennium of the Battle of Clontarf next year, the Four Courts Press are delighted to announce the publication of ‘The Battle of Clontarf, Good Friday, 1014’ by Darren McGettigan.

The story of the Battle of Clontarf, fought almost a thousand years ago, on 23 April 1014, is an inspiring one. It is a tale of ambition, determination, courage and sacrifice.

Although the history of the battle has often been misrepresented, it is without doubt one of the most important events to have taken place in medieval Ireland. 

Brian Boru emerges from the pages of this illustrated book, not as the great reforming high-king of legend, but as a still highly ambitious and intelligent monarch, whose steely resolve led his army to victory on the Clontarf battlefield that Good Friday in 1014.

Darren McGettigan is the author of Red Hugh O’Donnell and the Nine Years War (2005) and The Donegal Plantation and the Tír Chonaill Irish, 1610-1710 (2010).

The Battle of Clontarf, Good Friday, 1014 by Darren McGettigan will be available from all good local bookshops from Friday 3rd May. It is also available via