Clontarf 1014: Brian Boru and the Battle for Dublin

The Battle of Clontarf was fought a thousand years ago – Good Friday (23rd April), 1014. The National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology is marking this anniversary with an exciting exhibition.

Please note that as with all exhibitions on the first floor of the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology and in the absence of lift, this exhibition is regrettably not wheelchair accessible. See further accessibility details.

Brian Boru and the Battle for Dublin

Clontarf is probably the best-known battle in Irish history, but also one of the least understood. Popular perception sees the battle as the great victory where the Christian king of Ireland, Brian Boru, defeated the pagan Vikings and drove them out of Ireland. But is this correct?

Clontarf 1014

This ground-breaking exhibition explodes myths and presents the evidence we have for what actually happened at Clontarf, what led up to the battle and what resulted from it.

Viking and Irish weapons, typical of those used in the battle, feature alongside hoards of precious silver objects and religious treasures. Much more recent artefacts bring the story of Brian Boru and Clontarf right into modern times.

Clontarf 1014

Whatever you think you know about Clontarf, this exhibition will give you something to think about – and enjoy.

Before you visit...

Kildare Street

» Find out more about the venue at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology in Kildare St, Dublin.


» Watch a specially commissioned set of videos about Viking Ireland.


» Unearth the details of 10 objects which you can't miss at the Clontarf 1014 exhibition.


» See what else is happening with the full Clontarf 1014 Programme of Events


» Find out more about Viking history at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology.

Logo for Brian Ború websiteLinks to external website

» Find out more about Brian Boru on Dublin City Council's Millenium websiteLinks to external website


Clontarf 1014 is kindly supported by the Department of the Arts, Heritage and the GaeltachtLinks to external website.

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