One thousand years ago, on Good Friday 1014, the Battle of Clontarf was fought just outside Dublin
The Battle of Clontarf pitched the forces of the Munster over-king Brian Boru and his allies against the armies of north Leinster, Dublin, and Viking mercenaries and allies from across the sea. Brian has been seen as a paragon of Christian leadership, who struggled against all odds to rid Ireland of the perils of conquest by pagan Vikings. He won the battle, but made the ultimate sacrifice in losing his life while praying for victory.
Like all good stories, this stereotypical account of the battle is a blend of fact and fiction. Clontarf was undoubtedly a significant event. Nevertheless, the celebration of this event in literature, over the centuries, is a fascinating topic in its own right.http://www.historyireland.com/medieval-history-pre-1500/the-battle-of-clontarf-in-irish-history-and-legend/
(Image: The 1826 Battle of Clontarf painting by Hugh Frazer is on display at the Casino at Marino as part of the 1000th anniversary commemorations.) #Clontarf1014 #BrianBoru #GoodFriday #Ireland