Coming Soon: Clontarf 1014
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, running from April to December, 2014.
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?
This ground-breaking exhibition will explode myths and present 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, will feature alongside hoards of precious silver objects and religious treasures. Much more recent artefacts will bring the story of Brian Boru and Clontarf right into modern times.
Whatever you think you know about Clontarf, this exhibition will give you something to think about – and enjoy.
Find out more about Viking history in the Viking Ireland exhibition at National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology
Throughout 2014 the National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology will be commemorating the millennium of the Battle of Clontarf through a series of special events.
See the full timetable on our special Featured Events section
Brian Ború Millennium Site
A new website from Dublin City Council tells the story of Brian Boru, his life, his triumph and death at Clontarf in 1014.
Find out more on the Brian Ború Millenium website »