Why battle of Clontarf was a cake walk compared to commemorating the Rising
Published 21/04/2014 | 02:30
GIVEN all the events of recent weeks, an apology to the Queen for the brutal way we treated her forces may be appropriate and timely.
No. Settle down. I'm not talking about Elizabeth II, of the adjacent island. I'm thinking of Margrethe II of Denmark and all that ferocious carry-on in Clontarf a thousand years ago last Friday.
Commemorating '1014 And All That' was relatively easy. Lots of jolly costumed Vikings and mad Gaels prancing about re-enacting battles. And, those heathen unbelievers questioning whether saintly Brian Boru was at his prayers when Brodir surprised and murdered him after the battle, were among the few points of controversy.