Battle of Clontarf Locations to Visit

The Battle of Clontarf Locations to Visit throughout the County of Dublin and Province of Leinster

See the various locations around Dublin associated with the Battle of Clontarf. The Battle of Clontarf is the most famous Battle in Irish History, fought in and around the shores of Clontarf on the outskirts of Dublin. At the time Brian Boru, also known as Bryan Boru was High King of Ireland.  There was much opposition to his reign from the Vikings to the Gaelic Chieftains of Ireland.  

As the opposing sides rose in revolt again Brian and the Dal gCais with Viking continguents in the year 1014.  On the opposing side were the Máel Mórda mac Murchada, King of Leinster and the Viking Sitric togeher with Viking allies from overseas. The Battle field was brutal on that Good Friday with many of the 10,000 men from both sides slaughtered.  Brian's men were triumptant pushing back the Vikings who at this stage had fled back to their longboats, some of whom had drowned off the coast. Brian and his brave army had won the battle but he and many of his men and allies paid dearly with their lives. 

Visit this famous landmark of Irish History from the battle ground area itself to Kilmainham where he camped the night before the battle to Glasnevin Cemertaries where it is said many of his men were buried, to Dublin Castle where you will see a statue figurehead ot the great man, Brian Boru, the last great high king of Ireland.

The Site of the Battle of Clontarf

The Site of the Battle of Clontarf

The famous Battle of Clontarf took place on Good Friday, 1014. Recorded as “the battle of the fishing weir of Clontarf” the exact site is thought to be at the weir at the mouth of the River Tolka where Ballybough Bridge now sits....read more

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

This castle first built in Norman times and its site off Dame Street in the heart of the city of Dublin has played a role in Ireland’s colourful history. It is here that the very first Viking longphort was built in 841 when the raiders first settled in Ireland. ...read more

Swords Abbey

Swords Abbey

This beautiful church and round tower is where Brian Boru and his son Murrough were brought on their way to their final resting place in Armagh. Just hours after their deaths ...read more

Kilmainham Cemetery

Kilmainham Cemetery

This site is famous for Viking age discoveries but the most famous legend claims that Brian Boru camped here when facing the king of Leinster in the Battle of Clontarf in 1014....read more

Glasnevin Museum and Cemetery

Glasnevin Museum and Cemetery

Today Glasnevin Museum and Cemetery are on Finglas Road south of the Tolka River, and there are those who believe that somewhere in this park is the very site where Brian Boru himself was ...read more

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

Currently on display in Trinity College Dublin, is a harp that was made in 1220 for Donnchadh Cairbre O'Brien, King of Thomond. Donnchadh had transferred his capital of Thomond ...read more