National Conference

Friday 11th April & Saturday 12th April – Admission Free All Welcome.

Trinity College Dublin has a unique connection to Brian, being the home of the so-called Brian Boru’s Harp whose image is the national symbol of Ireland. Although the harp has no known link to Brian and is considerably later in date, Trinity College does in fact house the only artefact surviving today which we can definitively state the high-king saw and perhaps touched: the world-famous Book of Armagh with its inscription marking his visit to the primatial city in 1005 in which he is described as Imperator Scotorum (‘Emperor of the Gaels’). Trinity College also houses the largest collection of medieval manuscript sources for the Battle of Clontarf including the famous Cogadh Gaedhel re Gallaibh


09.15-10.00 Opening Address:

‘Ireland in 1014: the great of church and state’ – Donnchadh Ó Corráin

Late Viking-Age Ireland

10.00-10.45 ‘Irish politics in the late Viking Age’ – Colmán Etchingham

10.45-11.15 Tea and coffee break

11.15-12.00 ‘The (legendary) rise of Dál Cais’ – Bart Jaski

12.00-12.45 ‘The unique nature of Dál Cais DNA’ – Catherine Swift

Brian Boru And The High- Kingship

14.00-14.45 ‘Brian and the kings of Leinster’ – Edel Bhreathnach

14.45-15.30 ‘Brian and the Uí Néill kingship of Tara’ – Eoin O’Flynn

15.30-16.00 Tea and coffee break

16.00-16.45 ‘Brian, Armagh and the Irish church’ – Denis Casey

16.45-17.30 ‘The archaeology of Brian Boru’ – Linzi Simpson

Brian and the Battle of Clontarf

09.15-10.00 ‘What actually happened at the Battle of Clontarf?’ – Seán Duffy

10.00-10.45 ‘The wider world of learning: the making of Clontarf’ -Máire Ní Mhaonaigh

10.45-11.15 Tea and coffee break

11.15-12.00 ‘Scandinavian kingship and the Battle of Clontarf’ – Clare Downham

12.00-12.45 ‘Clontarf – the archaeological evidence’ – Andrew Halpin

The Legacy of Brian and Clontarf

14.00-14.45 ‘Meic Briain and Uí Briain’ – Paul McCotter

14.45-15.30 ‘Brian Bóraimhe and the Battle of Clontarf in later Irish tradition’ – Meidhbhín Ní Úrdail

15.30-16.00 Tea and coffee break

16.00-16.45 ‘The Hiberno-Scandinavians after Brian’ – Alex Woolf

16.45-17.30 ‘The high-kingship after Brian’ – Marie Therese Flanagan

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