About

The Battle of Clontarf website was created for students and the public to provide access to historical and archaeological information and resources on one of the most emblematic battles in Irish history.

It is hoped that these sections may help enrich the readers's understanding of life in Ireland in 1014.  The site explores:

  • Social Context: daily-life in Viking-Age Ireland
  • People: the key players of Clontarf
  • Politics: the rivalries that led to the battle.
  • Dynamic interactive maps allow you to explore Viking raids and settlement development, Brian Boru’s military campaigns and what happened on Good Friday, 23 April 1014.
  • Traveling the timeline you can discover how Brian rose to power and the different challenges overcame in order to become high-king of Ireland.  
  • Remembering Clontarf: an important section of this website also explores the many different ways in which Brian and the battle have been remembered in the thousand years since it occurred.

Articles are hyperlinked to a number of medieval and modern historical sources that are freely available online as well as a number of museums and libraries that offer public access to their collections (the names of which can be found on our 'Credits' page).

This website was developed for the millennial anniversary of the battle in collaboration with medieval historians from Trinity College Dublin’s Department of History under the auspices of Professor Seán Duffy and the university’s Centre for High Performance Computing, managed by Dermot Frost.

See more information about the Battle of Clontarf Conference

Meet the Team

​(Information correct as of April 2014)

Roman Bleier

Roman is a PhD student at the Department of History in Trinity College Dublin where he is working on producing digital editions of Saint Patrick's writings under the supervision of Professor Seán Duffy. He is on the Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH) programme and his research interests are late antique and early medieval history, digital scholarly editing and human interaction with electronic texts.

Dr Sparky Booker

Sparky is a research associate at Trinity College Dublin whose work examines the identity and the interaction between the English of Ireland and Irish in the later middle ages. One of the courses she teaches at Trinity examines how historians from c.1570-2014 have interpreted medieval Irish history and historical events, such as the battle of Clontarf.

Dr Eoin O'Flynn

Eoin's major research interests include the political and dynastic history of early medieval Ireland and the institution of kingship. He is currently lecturing on Viking-Age Ireland at NUI Maynooth.

Cherie Peters

Cherie is a postgraduate student at Trinity College Dublin in the Department of History. Her research focuses on the legal position and living conditions of peasants and commoners in early medieval Ireland. 

Christina Wade

Christina is a postgraduate student in the Department of History at Trinity College Dublin. Her current project examines how gender was used in Scandinavian furnished burial as a medium to negotiate power within Viking-Age Ireland. 

Caoimhe Whelan

Caoimhe is a literary historian whose research explores the dissemination of historical narratives in medieval Britain and Ireland, examining how texts can be adapted and retold in order to present a certain view of the past and the present to a contemporary audience. She is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Trinity College Dublin and her research is funded by the Irish Research Council.

Juliusz Filipowski

Juliusz joined the Trinity Centre for High Performance Computing in Trinity College Dublin June 2012 as a Web Application Specialist. He has extensive experience in software development, database design and automated testing and worked on the front-end and back-end of the application for this project.

Paddy Doyle 

Paddy is a Senior Systems Administrator at the Trinity Centre for High Performance Computing in Trinity College Dublin. He is responsibile for provisioning and managing the server hardware and systems software for the project and he assisted in the software development of parts of the front-end and back-end of the application. 

Acknowledgements & Special Thanks

We would also like to thank a number of people for their advice and support during the construction of this website: Simon Tomkins, Dr Stephen Harrison, Linzi Simpson and Professor Seán Duffy. 

Caveat Lector

Users are advised that this is a dynamic resource. The information presented here is still in progress and, as such, is subject to change. We welcome feedback on the website and corrections to specific sections. Please contact us through our feedback form.