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!
Archery was introduced to Ireland by the Vikings, but never really became popular outside the Hiberno-Norse towns
In the medieval period Yew trees were associated with sacred sites and thus the laws of sanctuary were extended to them.
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
As an ophthalmological experiment, O'Halloran hung dogs upside down to see if increased blood flow to the eyes caused cataracts.
When Máel Sechnaill first took over as king of Dublin he freed all of the slaves currently residing in the town.
Unlike any other source, the 'Book of Howth' blames the battle of Clontarf on a figure called 'the White Merchant'.