Brian Boru, King of Munster.
Historical sites in County Clare relating to the life and times of Brian Ború are promoted in a newly developed guide marking the 1000th anniversary of the death of the Last High King of Ireland.
In the 10th century Brian Ború, one of the most influential and colourful characters in Irish history, was born in Killaloe, close to the Tipperary border, in Co. Clare. A member of a powerful Dalcassian tribe he went on to become High King of Ireland and ruled from his palace at Kincora in Killaloe. He died in 1014 after an emphatic victory over the Vikings in the Battle of Clontarf. His descendants became the mighty O’Brien clan – one of the greatest Gaelic clans and whose influence extends to this very day.
The newly launched Brian Ború Trail features information on the important sites and buildings associated with Ború and the O’Briens, including Kincora, Bunratty Castle, Clare Abbey, Lough Derg and Dromoland Castle.
Other sites of interest include Magh Adhair, the place of inauguration of the O’Briens as Kings of Thomond; Scattery Island where Brian Ború attacked and killed the Viking King Ivar of Limerick in 975, Lemenagh Castle, the ancestral home of the O’Briens; Inis Cealtra (Holy Island), one of Ireland’s most famous monastic sites; and Doonbeg Castle, the site of a famous battle in 1595 between the Earl of Thomond and the McMahon Clan.
Speaking at the launch the 18th Baron Inchiquin, Conor O’Brien who is a direct descendent of Ború stated: “Brian Ború’s influence on Ireland’s political landscape is well known but his legacy is also evident throughout the physical landscape of County Clare with dozens of buildings linked to his fascinating story and that of his ancestors,” explained Lord O’Brien.
He added: “I am delighted with the production of this new guide which is the first of its kind produced for visitors in relation to an individual who is an indelible part of Clare /Tipperary and the island of Ireland’s history.”
The launch of the Brian Ború Trail coincides with a nationwide programme of commemorative festivals and events taking place during 2014. The programme features a series of commemorations in the four main locations with connections to the life and High Kingship of Ireland’s best known historical figure; namely Cashel, Co Tipperary, where Brian was crowned High King of Ireland, Killaloe/Ballina which was the seat of Brian’s High Kingship of Ireland (1001-1014 AD), Clontarf where Brian was killed following his victory over the Viking rulers of Dublin at the Battle of Clontarf, and the City of Armagh where Brian is buried.
Welcoming the new tourist guide, Mayor of Clare Councillor Joe Arkins stated: “From a Clare County Council perspective, significant effort has been undertaken to ensure that the Brian Ború millennial anniversary is established as an important cultural and tourism activity which lays the platform for further cultural and tourism development in future years. This Guide will serve as a useful tool for promoting Brian Ború’s close links with County Clare, and in doing so help to promote other sites of interest in Clontarf, Armagh and Cashel, latter in Tipperary.”
Produced by the Brian Ború 2014 Steering Group, the Brian Ború Trail guide is available at tourist offices, as well as at the County’s libraries and Council area offices. Thousands of copies of the new guide are also being distributed to visitor attractions and accommodation providers throughout Clare.
For more information visit www.killaloeballina.ie.
Mrs Evelyn Nevin
Local Thurles Town Councillor and current President of Thurles Rotary Club, Mrs Evelyn Nevin, is urging people to support the opening night of Thurles Musical Society, the proceeds of which this year are in aid of ‘Thurles Care Group.’
Thurles Rotary Club are currently selling tickets at €18 for the Gala opening night of ‘Sister Act,’ which takes place one month from today, on March 25th, here in the Premier Hall, Thurles.
Councillor Nevin stated today; “Rotary Club were thrilled to secure this opening night fund-raiser in aid Thurles Care Group, latter which is a sub group of Thurles Parish Renewal and does brilliant work with people who are isolated or alone in our local community.”
Councillor Nevin continued “At present they are engaged with a wide number of people, across older age groups in Thurles Town. They regularly visit these people at home and provide company, support and a social outlet. They are responsible for organising a number of fun day trips every year as well as providing bingo in the nursing homes on alternate Wednesday. At present Thurles Care Group have over 30 volunteers including 4 husband and wife teams. They liaise and work with other community groups such as the Order of Malta and singing groups. We would like to thank Thurles Musical Society for affording us this opportunity and I would urge everyone to come along for what promises to be the Societies most fantastic show yet staged.”
Tickets: Same are currently available from Evelyn Nevin at Tel: 087 9774725 or from Gleeson Auctioneers, Cathedral Street, Thurles.
Fáilte Ireland’s Tourism Plans for Lough Derg, latter which shares its coastline with Co Tipperary, will be unveiled at the Lakeside Hotel, Ballina, Co Tipperary, located near to the M7/N7 Dublin – Limerick road (GPS Co-ordinatesN52o 48.6619′, W008o 26.6427) in just two days time.
The event will take place beginning at 7.30pm, this coming Thursday the 27th February 2014.
Fáilte Ireland’s Plan for Lough Derg, entitled ‘A Roadmap for Experience Development and Destination Marketing 2014-2017′, will be launched by Minister Alan Kelly, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
The event is being hosted by Fáilte Ireland and the Lough Derg Marketing Strategy Group.
This new strategy is supported by the MWRA, Lakelands & Inland Waterways, Inland Fisheries Ireland, North Tipperary County Council, Galway County Council, Clare County Council, Galway Rural Development Co., North Tipperary Leader Partnership, Clare Local Development Company, EU, INTERREG IVC and TRAP.
Entrepreneurs, business owners and managers throughout the Mid West Region will have an opportunity to discover the broad range of advice and support that is available from State Bodies at an event being held at the Strand Hotel in Limerick City on Tuesday, March 11th.
The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will host this half-day event, called ‘Taking Care of Business.’
Among the more than 25 State bodies and offices participating in this event are Enterprise Ireland, Revenue Commissioners, Local CEBs, Micro-Finance Ireland, Credit Review Office, Competition Authority, EPA, HSA, Companies Registration Office, Office of Government Procurement, Equality Authority, NSAI and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.
The free event will feature advice and information on the supports available from enterprise agencies and Local Authorities; access to Finance programmes; requirements for food and environmental safety; tax, employment and Health & Safety obligations; and requirements for setting up and running your own business.
The Minister for Small Business, John Perry TD, explained the event is specifically targeted at people thinking of starting a business as well as existing small business owners and managers. “It is essential for SMEs to make the most of the advice and supports available to them, so I encourage entrepreneurs and those thinking of starting a business to capitalise on this chance to hear from a wide variety of agencies, in one location,” he said.
The Minister added: “This will also be a great opportunity for the Mid West Region’s business community to ask questions and raise individual concerns face-to-face with staff from across the public sector. My Department is committed to engaging with the small business community and this event will help SMEs to better understand the regulatory environment.”
The upcoming event is being supported by Limerick City and County Council, Chambers Ireland, SFA, ISME, IBEC, RGData, ACCA and the Hardware Association of Ireland.
As stated, ‘Taking Care of Business’ takes place in The Strand Hotel, Limerick City, on Tuesday March 11th and to register for the event and for more details including the running order of presentations and the full list of State Bodies attending, please visit www.takingcareofbusiness.ie.
Despite being top scorers for most of the game, in front of 8,651 spectators, the Tipperary versus Kilkenny Allianz National Hurling League Division 1A encounter today became a game of two haves with Tipperary ending up beaten once again by Kilkenny in their home pitch at Nowlan Park.
Eamon O’ Shea’s Tipperary troops appeared on fire as they rattled in the goals in the first-half, to enter the dressing rooms at the half-time leading two goals ahead of their arch rivals.
However despite the determined skills of Seamus Callanan, latter who produced a hat-trick, Kilkenny took the day, walking off clear winners by six points with Kilkenny’s Colin Fennelly scoring a massive 3-05 (14 pts) for his home side.
Despite the 3-6 (15 pts), mostly struck home from play by Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan, his own personal tally just wasn’t enough to carry the boys in blue, with Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin, Colin Fennelly and Walter Walsh collectively totting up 4-15 (27 pts) between them, to take a well deserved fighting home victory.
With 15 minutes on the stopwatch, Tipperary appeared to be the dominant team, having bagged 3-3, (12 pts) with goals scored coming from Noel McGrath, Jason Forde and Seamus Callanan.
Colin Fennelly’s first goal for Kilkenny didn’t appear until the 24th minute, but the efforts of Reid and Walsh keep Kilkenny in touch until Henry Shefflin’s goal in the 31st minute demonstrated the possibility that this game was not yet over. Kilkenny’s third goal came in the 44th minute, rifled home courtesy also of Fennelly, to be answered by Tipperary’s Callanan some six minutes later.
It took Kilkenny almost 56th minutes to eventually draw level, assisted in their quest by a goal from Fennelly and levelling the score at 4-14 (26 pts) to 5-11 (26 pts). The battle for final victory was now on with both sides continuing to level on a further three occasions.
A devastating fifth goal from Mark Kelly, together with three successive points from Hogan (2 pts), Fennelly (1 pt) all unanswered by Tipperary, would eventually seal a win for this Kilkenny home team.
Final score: Kilkenny 5-20 (35 pts) – Tipperary 5-14 (29 pts).
Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson, P. Stapleton, T. Stapleton, C. Barrett; S. McGrath, C. O’Brien, M. Cahill (0-2), P. Maher, J. Woodlock (0-1), K. Bergin, P. Murphy (0-1), B. Maher (0-1), N. McGrath (1-3), S. Callanan (3-6), J. Forde (1-0).
Subs: P. Maher for J. Forde, J. O’Dwyer for K. Bergin, D. Maher for S. McGrath, M. Heffernan for P. Murphy and R. Maher for C. O’Brien.