Commemorating Clontarf – The Battle And Its Legacy

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Lunchtime Lectures in Dublin’s City Hall

Dublin City Council’s very successful free lunch time lecture series returns this April.  The spring series runs every Tuesday throughout the month of April in the Council Chamber, City Hall, starting on Tuesday 1st April 2014 and ending on Tuesday 29th April 2014.  This lecture series will mark the Millennium of the Battle of Clontarf.  All lectures start at 1.10pm and end at 1.50pm with ten minutes afterwards for discussion and questions.  Admission is free and all are welcome.  

Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn, who will open and chair the first lecture says, “I am delighted to open and chair the first of this lecture series which marks the millennium of the Battle of Clontarf.  This series will not only enlighten us about the battle but also give insights into King Brian Boru and Queen Gormlaith, the Brian Boru Harp and the various murals by James Ward in City Hall.  I would like to thank all the speakers, Dublin City Public Libraries and in particular the Archive Section, and commend their tireless commitment to history.”     
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Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170,
Schedule of Lectures:
Tuesday 1st April 2014
That Field of Glory:
Historical and Antiquarian Perspective on The Battle of Clontarf
Speaker: Dr. Colm Lennon
This lecture will be chaired by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn
Tuesday 8th April 2014 –
Queen Gormlaith, Brian Boru and the Northmen of Dublin
Speaker: Dr. Howard B. Clarke
Tuesday 15 April 2014
Picturing The Battle of Clontarf
James Ward’s Murals in Dublin’s City Hall
Speaker: Dr. Joseph McBrinn
Tuesday 22nd April 2014
Commemorating Clontarf in 1914
The Clancy Chain and the Celtic Revival
Speaker: Dr. Nicola Gordon Bowe
This lecture will be chaired by Councillor Henry Upton,
Deputy Lord Mayor, wearing his chain of office, The Clancy Chain
Tuesday 29th April 2014
The Brian Boru Harp and its Musical Legacy
Speaker: Dr. Janet Harbison
This lecture will include live performance on the Irish Harp