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!

Death of Mathgamain mac Cennétig, 976 AD

Brian Boru’s brother Mathgamain was treacherously slain by a rival for the kingship of Munster.

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

Diet: What Did People Eat in Viking-Age Ireland?

At important feasts a person's status determined the part of the animal they were entitled to eat.

'Clontarffe' in Thomas Leland's 'The history of Ireland' (1774)

Thomas Leland was vicar of St Anne's Church on Dawson Street in Dublin in the late 1700s.

Keating and the King in Print (1723)

Brian Boru was one of the first medieval Irish kings to be represented in print.