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The Brian Boru Trail
Brian Boru Celebration Tours
These tours provide a great opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the great warriors and kings of ancient Ireland. Regardless of whether you are an O’Brien or one of the septs of the Dál gCais such as MacNamara , Kennedy ,O’Grady you will be able to find out more about your heritage and the role your clan played in Ireland’s history. The fact is that virtually every clan in Ireland was involved in this battle. Visit medieval castles, museums and monuments that will help you to feel connected to this ancient land.If you have areas that are of importance to your clan or family, we can personalise the tours to suit your requirements. Just let us know your family name and we will put together a tour individual to you. While you travel, enjoy the spectacular scenery and intriguing history Ireland has to offer.
While the millennium anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf took place in April of 2014, the extensive series of self-guided and chauffeured tours developed by the O’Brien Clan board in conjunction with IrishTourism is available for all those who wish to travel to Ireland to trace this fascinating historical journey. Following extensive research by IrishTourism in conjunction with the O’Brien Clan, local historian’s and the government department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, these tours follow the story of Brian Boru while including many of Ireland’s premier visitor attractions.
Brian Boru C.941 - 1014
Brian Boru, also known as Bryan Boru was born in c 941 in Killaloe, County Clare. He was son to Cennétig mac Lorcain and Bé Binn inion Urchadh and belonged to the Dal gCais Clan based in Munster. He had dealt with the chaos that the Vikings had brought to his country from a young age. After the death of his brother Mahon in 978 at the hands of the Viking, Ivar of Limerick, Brian Boru became Head of the Dal gCais and King of Munster.
As Brian Boru (Bryan Boru) and the Dalcassians were growing in power in the South, his rival Mael Sechnaill mac Domnaill, High King of Ireland was growing in power in the North. In the year 1002, Mael Sechnaill submitted to the powerful Brian Boru, thus making Brian Boru High King of Ireland.
For a time after Brian became High King of Ireland, his enemies subjected to his rule, but this was not the last. Mael Morda, King of Leinster allied himself with Sigtrygg Silkbeard the Norse King of Dublin and grew an army to fight against Brian Boru and his allies. As both sides swelled, they collided on Good Friday morning in Clontarf in the year 1014. The Battle ground was ferocious and savage with over 10,000 men slayed on that day. Brian Boru and his side won the battle but Brian paid dearly with his life.
There was much unrest in Ireland for centuries after the death of the Greatest High King, Ireland has ever seen, Brian Boru.
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These tours provide a great opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the great warriors and kings of ancient Ireland. Regardless of whether you are an O’Brien or one of the septs of the Dál gCais such as MacNamara , Kennedy ,O’Grady you will be able to find out more about your heritage and the role your clan played in Ireland’s history. The fact is that virtually every clan in Ireland was involved in this battle. Visit medieval castles, museums and monuments that will help you to feel connected to this ancient land.If you have areas that are of importance to your clan or family, we can personalise the tours to suit your requirements. Just let us know your family name and we will put together a tour individual to you. While you travel, enjoy the spectacular scenery and intriguing history Ireland has to offer....read more
Following months of planning with the Prince of Thomond, Sir Conor O’Brien, the present Chief of the O’Briens and direct descendent of Brian Boru, along with the O’Brien Clan Board and charitable foundation based in the USA, we have developed an extensive series of self-guided and chauffeured tours developed by the O’Brien Clan board in conjunction with IrishTourism....read more
This 6 night Commemorative tour of Ireland is based on arriving into Shannon airport and departing from Dublin airport although this can be adjusted if necessary. Start your tour in Killarney, County Kerry, a must – see for any visitor to Ireland. This is one of the most picturesque areas in Ireland, so make sure to bring a camera! This tour concentrates on the most important areas relating to the legendary High King of Ireland Brian Boru. You will visit Killaloe, his homestead and the surrounding areas of importance such as the Rock of Cashel where he was crowned High King. Finish your tour visiting the site of the Battle of Clontarf where Brian Ború was slain. Whether you are of the O’Brien clan or one of the other Dál gCais tribes/clans that allied themselves w...read more
Join this escorted tour which will visit many of the important locations associated with Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. You will travel on a luxury coach with air conditioning and stay at some wonderful hotels in fascinating locations. In addition to the Battle of Clontarf and Brian Boru, many places of beauty and historical importance will be visited such as the Connemara National Park, Cliffs of Moher and the Rock of Cashel....read more ...read more
Thank you for all the arrangements and your efforts to make our visit to Ireland memorable. I just want to share some photos with you
After arriving in Ireland we went to the Hertz office to pick up the rental car. The staff was very helpful and at last we were on our way to the Hotel in Kilkenny. We arrived at about 16h00 and had a warm welcome. The ladies at reception made us feel very welcome. Our room was pretty and neat and clean and we had a good night’s sleep after the long flight and drive from the airport. Breakfast was great. Our waiter, Michael, (very friendly and helpful) even taught us how to say “hello “and “goodbye” in Irish. We left at about 11h00 and visited the Kilkenny Castle and gardens and explored the area.
After that we left for the Country House Hotel near Killarney. I do not have words to describe this charming, stunning and beautiful hotel. Everything was just perfect (it scores 10/10 with me). We got lost on the way and arrived late but we received a warm welcome and with such hospitality, it made us feel like royalty. Gerard made us feel at home and attended to our every need. Our host arranged for us to go on the Ring of Kerry trip and the scenery was absolutely stunning. We also got the opportunity to see the sheep dog demonstration and this is a must see for everyone taking the trip. We also stopped at the beach (unfortunately I cannot remember the name) and even ‘met” Charlie Chaplin.
After this stop over, we left for one of the highlights of our visit, The Cliffs of Mohr, whaohhhh, what an awesome experience this was, what an emotional moment when I first laid eyes on the cliffs, the beauty of it all, mother nature at one of her best (Thank you God for the eyes I have to see the beautiful things You have made)
We climed 166 steps to the top to O’ Brien’s Tower – what natural beauty………….amazing! We also did part of the Burran Way….. sjoe, what narrow pathways, my mom had more courage than me I think, but we did it anyway.
On the second day of our stay in Galway, we took the driving route through the Connemara Region. We saw Lough Corrib, the Twelve Pins Mountain. On our way to Clifden, we stopped at the beautiful Kylemore Abbey with its tranquil surroundings. Then we left for Roundstone Village where we enjoyed lunch and then headed back to the hotel.
Eventually we reached Dublin and returned the hired car. We covered a distance of almost 1400 km in the seven days we had the car.
In Dublin, we booked a trip to see the Giants Causeway, another highlight for me. We stopped at the Carrick-a-Rhede rope bridge and what an adrenalin experience it was to climb that bridge, but all worth it when you got to the other side.
Then came the best best, THE GIANTS CAUSEWAY. This was so exciting for me and I will treasure every moment I spent there
Even if we didn’t get to see everything that we would have liked to see, what we saw was enough to make us fall in love with Ireland for ever. Thank you for helping me and my brothers make our mom’s dream come true. Now we understand why Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle, it was like the green, green grass of home…………
Till next time Debbie……………… (there definitely will be a next time God willing). I will surely recommend Irish Tourism to anyone who intends to visit the beautiful Emerald Isle with its magnificent scenery.
Take care & God bless
Erika Fortuin, Paarl, South Africa