Saturday 20 December 2014

It's the call of Brian Boru 1,000 years on

Emma Jane Hade

Published 23/01/2014 | 02:30

Students from St Anne’s Community College, Killaloe, Co Clare, performing the Kincora Call as counties prepare to commemorate Brian Boru and the millennium of the Battle of Clontarf
Ian Barber from the Fingal Living History Society

BETTER go get your armour – the capital is being invaded by medieval warriors.

Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan and Dublin Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn might have wished they'd swapped their suits for helmets and shields as the angry horde descended.

However, it was all part of a year-long commemoration of the 1,000th anniversary of Brian Boru's death.

To mark the millennium year events will be staged across the country, including a re-enactment of the Battle of Clontarf where the medieval king was killed in 1014. Events will also be held in Cashel, Co Tipperary, where the high king was crowned; at his castle in Killaloe, Co Clare; and his burial place in Co Armagh.

The lord mayor said that the events will "stimulate a renewed interest in Ireland's medieval history".

The events are being staged by local volunteer groups, including members of the Fingal Living History Society, who will participate in the re-enactment of the Battle of Clontarf.

Also at the launch in Trinity College Dublin yesterday were students from St Anne's Community College in Killaloe, Co Clare.

They performed an Irish dance – similar to the New Zealand Haka- called the Kincora Call, a two-and-a-half-minute tribute to Brian Boru.

Irish Independent

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