The battle of Clontarf, a thousand years ago, was the culmination of Brian Boru's long-fought campaign for political control of Ireland. His successes permanently broke the Uí Néill dominance of the high-kingship and catapulted his small dynasty, the Dál Cais, onto the national stage.

Begin the adventure: explore Brian's rise to power, life in Viking-Age Ireland and how both Brian and the battle have been transformed from historical figures into Irish legends.

Explore the hidden history of Clontarf!

Weaponry: How to Kill your Enemy and Defend yourself in Viking-Age Ireland

Archery was introduced to Ireland by the Vikings, but never really became popular outside the Hiberno-Norse towns

Máel Mórda mac Murchada: War over a Slight at a Chess Game?

In the medieval period Yew trees were associated with sacred sites and thus the laws of sanctuary were extended to them.

Clothing: What Did People Wear in Viking-Age Ireland?

The Old Irish term for a veiled woman (caillech) could also refer to a female spouse, a nun, an older woman or a clerical concubine

Sylvester O'Halloran's 'A General History Of Ireland' (1778)

As an ophthalmological experiment, O'Halloran hung dogs upside down to see if increased blood flow to the eyes caused cataracts.

The Story of Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill: Brian's Challenge to Uí Neill Dominance

When Máel Sechnaill first took over as king of Dublin he freed all of the slaves currently residing in the town.

Rewriting the Battle in the 'Book of Howth'

Unlike any other source, the 'Book of Howth' blames the battle of Clontarf on a figure called 'the White Merchant'.