On This Day – Brian Ború’s death at Battle of Clontarf, 1014

On This Day – Brian Ború’s death at Battle of Clontarf, 1014

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'Battle of Clontarf', oil on canvas painting by Hugh Frazer, 1826
‘Battle of Clontarf’, oil on canvas painting by Hugh Frazer, 1826

On This Day 1000 years ago in 1014, Brian Ború was killed during the Battle of Clontarf.

The Battle of Clontarf took place between the forces of Brian Boru (born, raised and lived in Killaloe, County Clare) and the forces led by the King of Leinster.  Máel Mórda mac Murchada’s composed mainly of his own men, Viking mercenaries from Dublin and the Orkney Islands led by his cousin Sigtrygg, as well as the one rebellious king from the province of Ulster.

The Battle ended in a rout of the Máel Mórda’s forces, along with the death of Brian, who was killed by a few Norsemen who were fleeing the battle and stumbled upon his tent. After the battle, Ireland returned to a fractious status quo between the many small, separate kingdoms that had existed for some time.

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