Thursday 20 November 2014

Brian Boru Millennium Crown gets set for world tour in bid to defeat cancer

Eimear Phelan

Published 11/08/2014 | 18:51

Miriam O'Callaghan and Lord Inchiquin pictured with the Brian Boru Millennium Crown was on display at the Horse show in the R.D.S, Dublin this week Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos Collins Photos

Last stop in Ireland was a blessing by the Papal Nuncio at the Dublin Horse Show, before the Brian Boru Millennium Crown headed off around the world to raise funds to help defeat cancer.

The crown, designed by Viking age expert Dr. Pat Wallace and commissioned by the voluntary director and founder of Jewels for Cures Allison McCormick, was made to commemorate one of Ireland's most famous High Kings, Brian Boru.

The crown is 'a truly Irish creation' which asks people to donate their unwanted gold to cancer research.

A part of each piece of jewellery donated went into the crown itself.

Allison McCormick said they got ‘just everything’ from Irish people in donations.

"Just everything. Rings, bracelets, crosses, brooches..." she told independent.ie.

According to Allison, one of the most beautiful pieces donated was a ‘snake bracelet’.

The voluntary organisation raises funds for the Cancer Clinical Research Trust through different events.

Conor O'Brien, the 32nd direct descendant of Brian Boru, Sir Michael Smurfit and Lord French have all contributed gold towards the crown.

Prince Albert 11 of Monaco , the son of the late Princess Grace, also donated a piece to be included in the crown.

His ancestor Ua Cellaig (O’Kelly) was one of Brian Boru’s greatest allies and was also slain at the Battle of Clontarf.

Brian Boru was high King of Ireland at the start of the eleventh century and was killed in 1014 in the Battle of Clontarf.  He was famous for uniting the clans together under one king for the first and only time in Irish history.

Rev. Charles John Brown, the Papal Nuncio in Ireland, called the crown a ‘distinctly Irish and extremely stylish way’ to raise funds to cancer research.

He thanked Allison McCormick for inviting him to do the blessing and in the prayer said ‘all things work together for the good of those who fear and love god’.

The crown will take a tour of the world starting out in Waterford and Cork, before traveling to England, America and ‘hopefully Australia’ said McCormick.

All of the travel costs are footed by the Jewels for Cures volunteers.

McCormick is a cancer survivor herself and all the donations go directly towards Cancer Clinical Research Trust.

The world tour will be approximately a year in total and, when the tour is finished, the crown will be given as a gift to the Irish people and displayed in Dublin Castle.

Keep up with the crown's travels here

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