The O’Brien’s in 2014

August 8th, 2011 by Paul O'Brien

O’Brien and Dalcasian Clans are destined for Ireland in 2014 for an event to reunite the hundreds of thousands of O’Briens throughout the world (over 700,000 O’Brien’s in the United States alone that have traced their roots to Brian Ború from Killaloe, County Clare!)

The Board of Directors of the O’Brien Clan Foundation are pleased to announce that the reception and banquet to celebrate the millennium of the Battle of Clontarf and the Death of High King Brian Boru will be held on April 25th, 2014 at Clontarf Castle, Dublin. Battle re-enactments, musical evenings and much more will be held throughout Ireland to mark this major occasion.

All interested in attending this once in a lifetime event must register here with the IrishTourism Group or contact them at info@irishtourism.com. As tickets to the banquet are limited, priority will be given to packages that include accommodation at Clontarf Castle or packages from the Brian Boru Tour series.

This tour will allow you to discover the journey Brian Ború undertook to become the High King of Ireland. Visit pivotal locations such as Cashel where he became High King of Munster, his homestead in Killaloe, Tara, where he became King of Ireland, the site of the Battle of Clontarf and of course Armagh, his final resting place. This is a great opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the greatest warrior and king of ancient Ireland. These tours also allow you the opportunity to visit such other famous landmarks as Blarney castle, The Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, Ring of Kerry, Newgrange Tombs and much more.

Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf 2014

The 2014 national program of events will center on four key locations with links to Brian’s life; Killaloe in Co. Clare, Brian’s birthplace and seat of Brian Boru’s High Kingship , Cashel in Co.Tipperary where Brian was crowned High King of Ireland, Clontarf in Dublin where Brian died, and Armagh, where Brian Boru is buried.

Brian Boru's HarpThe O’Brien name is prominent throughout the world, giving Brian Ború more credence to his legacy. This reunion, of those bearing the O’Brien name, will not only encourage the discovery of the roots of our ancestors, but will connect everyone with other O’Briens from around the world, throughout Ireland, and through the shared memories of Ireland as the birthplace of our ancestors. The celebration consider Killaloe, Co. Clare, Ireland the home from which many events will be held throughout the country, includes the Dal Cais Tribes of Quinn, McNamara, and O’Dea as well as many others…

Subscribe here or join us on Facebook to stay on top of event details to be distributed through The O’Brien Clan and get ready for 2014!

Booking Travel for April, 2014

For more details on these tours now, or to customize your own tour to Ireland, visit the official IrishTourism website atwww.irishtourism.com/brianboru or contact them in Ireland on their US TollFree number at 1-877-298-7205.

IMPORTANT – When speaking with your personal travel advisor at IrishTourism, make sure to mention that you came through The O’Brien Clan website as they will make a donation to The O’Brien Clan charitable foundation for every booking. Even if you choose a tour of Ireland that is not related to the Battle of Clontarf or Brian Boru they will still make a similar donation to our foundation.

 

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45 Responses to “The O’Brien’s in 2014”

  • annieboru Says:

    Can’t wait for 2014. All going well my housemate (A fellow Australian of Irish descent) and I are going to be there with bells on. Even if we have to camp in the great outdoors to be there.

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    Paul O'Brien Reply:

    Annie, we’ll be there with a camera to catch you in those bells! Looking forward to it!

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    michael lloyd Reply:

    could you please let me know when in 2014 things will be going on as it looks like I will be in Ireland feb and march

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    Steve Royston Reply:

    Hi Michael,

    The official commemorative events will take place in April but as we appreciate that not everybody will be able to attend over this specific time, we have arranged several self-drive tours throughout the remainder of 2013 and all of 2014 that center around the important places to this great event. We also have an escorted tour that will operate from May – October 2014. All the details can be found on our website at http://www.irishtourism.com/brianboru

    We can also custom make a tour for you to include all or many of the places associated with Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf and these can be taken at any time to suit you.

    If you need any more information you can e-mail us at info@irishtourism.com or call on any of the following numbers:-

    International – +353 69 77686
    US/Canada TollFree – 1 877 298 7205
    UK FreeFone – 0800 096 9438

    Regards

    Steve

    Ronan Gleeson Reply:

    Hello Michael.

    I am just back from a meeting in Killaloe where Brian Boru hails from. We discussed plans with the local Killaloe associations along with members of the Clontarf Business community who are promoting the Clontarf side of things for 2014. While the dates of the major events including re-enactments, formal dinners etc., are being held towards the end of April, we already have a series of self drive and chauffeured tours available to those travelling outside these dates and they are based on all of the relevant Brian Boru and Battle of Clontarf locations. Following a series of meetings in the offices of the Taoiseach (prime-minister)along with the ambassadors of Norway and Denmark (in consideration of the Viking connection) in Dublin, we have been appointed the official partner of the O’Brian Clan Foundation for touring and events not only in 2014 but also for touring both prior to and post April 2014. I met with Sir Conor O’Brien (Chief of the O’Brien Clan) just last week in his house and plans are progressing very nicely and we should be able to announce a full list of events shortly.
    If you would like to see the series of tours arranged thus far, please go to http://www.irishtourism.com/brianboru or simply call our Irish offices in County Limerick, Ireland on US Tollfree 1877 298 7205.

    Cat Camp Reply:

    Greetings all! I’m currently working with the Irishtourism.com folks to schedule my trip to Ireland April 19-27. By the way, they’re fabulous to work with! I’ve found the gala dinner on the 25th & a reenactment day of the Battle of Clontarf at St.Anne’s park, but no other solidly scheduled events.
    Is there another link where I should be looking?
    Thank you so much!

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    Paul O'Brien Reply:

    Hi Cat. Irish Tourism is the place to go for the schedule of events with which we’re involved but, solidly “O’Brien” specific events aren’t prolific; be sure to book your tickets to the banquet! We’re getting as involved as we can as O’Brien’s with other goings on.

    One other place to look for schedules is here: http://www.brianborumillennium.ie/

  • Kilbrittain Says:

    Hi Niall O Brien here I am interested in getting involved, also in 2014 I dont know what plans are for 2014 I may may be of help as I have a friend a TD that may be of help . Also Kilbrittain Castle was built by Brian Boru for his grand son , and it is owned and being lived in now by a O Brien family , Take care Niall

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  • James O'Neill O'Brien Says:

    Niall O’Brien! Now that’s a royal name! Please send me an email at jacobusrex@yahoo.com and we work on this together!
    Annie Boru: We’ll see you there! Please contribute what you can for the statue and share these links with everyone Irish you know!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s_lcZ4gzdQ

    http://obrienclan.com/raising-a-monument-to-brian-boru

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  • Steve Royston Says:

    Hi there,

    If any O’Brien’s want help in arranging tours in Ireland to coincide with the celebrations get in touch with us. We are one of Ireland’s premier inbound tour operators and have many group & self drive packages available.

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    MICHAEL MORALEE Reply:

    Please advise what is available.Is there anything happening in WATERFORD,TRAMORE,AND BUNRATTY CASTLE

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    MICHAEL MORALEE Reply:

    We are interested in any group,or self drive tours that maybe available so please advise per e-mail.Also interested in accomodation available,cottage,hotel or B&B in our family heritage town of Tramore.
    Regards,
    Mike Moralee(O’Brien)

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    Steve Royston Reply:

    Hi Michael,

    IrishTourism.com have been appointed as the preferred operator for the O’Brien Foundation and we will be offering a selection of self-drive, chauffeur drive and escorted tours throughout 2014 in connection with the Battle of Clontarf and Brian Boru.

    These will shortly be on our website, http://www.irishtourism.com, but if you want details sooner, please get in touch and we can send them on to you.

    Regards

    Steve

    Ronan Gleeson Reply:

    Hi Steve,

    You had mentioned that you were interested in tours that related to the Brian Boru and Battle of Clontarf Millennium celebrations in Ireland. We have been appointed the official partners of the O’Brien Clan for all tours and events. In fact as I type I am waiting to board a plane to meet up with the Chief of the O’Briens, Conor O’Brien at the offices of the Taoiseach in Dublin this afternoon. the first of the tours will be on the website http://www.irishtourism.com later today but all can be customised to suit your needs and tours are available throughout 2013 onwards including for the main event in April 2014.
    Kindest regards
    Ronan Gleeson
    Toll free 1877 298 7205

  • MichaelLloyd Says:

    would love go to back in 2014 for this please keep us informed on we need to do

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  • Leonard O' Brien Says:

    Great idea,

    we are organising my own family’s O’ Brien reunion for this July 7th in Limerick.

    The occasion is my Dad’s 75th Birthday, and given that he had 8 brothers and a sister, they have all been invited and are bringing their kids etc.

    Its a great excuse for a get together and to reconnect. I go to Kincora regularly when I am back in Ireland and love explaining to the kids what it means to be Irish and to be an O’ Brien.

    We have a great traditions and a lot to be proud of. To mark and celebrate 1014 is a great idea.

    I would be happy to get involved and support if someone lets me know how !

    slan

    Len O’ Brien
    Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Bernard Mulcahy Says:

    I think everyone here in East Clare is looking forward to 2014. Here in the parishes of Tulla and Quin we have great connections with the Dal Cais tribes, not least being Magh Adhair,where the Dalcassian Princes were inaugurated, is situated between the parishes. Quin Abbey, founded by the MacNamaras, is also of huge signifiance in the history of the Dalcassian Tribes.
    We are gearing up to welcoming everyone in 2014 and are working towards organising events of interest.
    Looking forward to seeing you all and if we can help in anyway we can be contacted via the contacts page of http://www.tulla.ie

    Regards

    Bernard Mulcahy , on behalf of Tulla Courthouse

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  • Cassie Gillies O'Brien Says:

    My husband and I are are desperately trying to figure out a way that we can travel from our home in Utah,USA for this amazing opportunity! It also coincides with our 10th wedding anniversary. Our first question is where to begin!?! We don’t know what organization/travel agent/person to get in touch with to begin planning our decade in the making honeymoon. If any of our clansmen have a suggestion PLEASE email me!
    Thanks so much Cassie O’Brien

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  • Phillip O'Brien Says:

    Hi,

    I am actually organising my own O’Brien reunion at the county of Neville in New South Wales, Australia. For the ancestors of Denis and Ann Maria O’Brien who travelled to the Central West of New South Wales and settled in 1842.

    I will advertise the 2014 celebration also.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Phillip O’Brien
    Sydney, Australia.

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  • steve.obrien Says:

    trying to make contact with the OBrien Clan Webmaster

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  • pattiobrien Says:

    Hi everyone! I am an American O’Brien who has always wanted to come find any relatives I have in Ireland, and now I have TICKETS for my son, Michael, and I to come over for The Gathering 2013′s big NYE festivities in Dublin :) BUT you guys aren’t getting together until 2014? We’re coming on Dec. 28 and if all goes well, I’ll be staying on for awhile, perhaps up to a year, if I can find work and a place to live! It’s scary but I’m hoping to find some family! I hear IReland is a very friendly place and I guess I’m counting on that! Are there any plans for O’Briens to be part of The Gathering this winter? any info will be greatly appreciated, thank you! Patti

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  • michael Says:

    hello looks like i will be in ireland from late feb for about 6 weeks and was hopeing that someone might be able to tell me whats the best and chepest places to stay while i am there my mothers maiden name is O’Brien
    thank you
    michael

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  • Peter R O'Brien Says:

    The O’Brien Clan has made arrangements with the
    Irishtourism group to assist us with all travel plans to our Clontarf 2014 event – Please check with Ronan Gleeson and/or Steve Royston for best
    and most interesting deals – Both are listed on the website or go direct to;
    http://www.irishtourism.com/brianboru
    Be sure to tell them you saw some of their stuff on the O’Brien Clan website – THANKS & GOOD LUCK

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  • Krystle O'Brien Says:

    i AM NEW TO THIS. i WOULD like more information about this event. I would like to gather my family members and make a memorable trip. Please advise. Thanks in advance.
    Krystle

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    Ronan Gleeson Reply:

    Hi Krystle.
    We are close to having the final dates confirmed for the major events that will take place in the latter half of April 2014. In the meantime Krystle, if you could contact us directly we can talk about your plans and how we can integrate them within the framework of the major event itself. We have developed a series of tours to cater for all interested parties and they range from self drive tours for individuals and smaller parties to private chauffeured tours for larger families and groups. We also have a series of escorted bus tours where individuals or small groups can join with other travelers.
    It is important that I point out that because there will be many who are simply unable to travel in April 2014 that the tour series is also available throughout 2013, 2014 and beyond.
    you can reach me by email at ronan@irishtourism.com or call any of our travel advisors on our tollfree number 1877 298 7205 and they will take good care of you. Please note that as we are based in the south west of Ireland that we are 5 hours behind EST.

    Is mise le meas
    Ronan Gleeson

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  • Conor O'Brien Says:

    Why are we still using the coat of arms that the British give us (or mad us use) the three lions?

    The O’Brien clan always had they’re own standard almost identical to Brian Boru’s standard only with the red backround.

    It’s a thousand this year since he died and it’s about time the clan leadership give us our own ancient standard back!!!

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    James O'Brien Reply:

    The three lions were not given to us by the British. From the most ancient times they were in use as the symbol of our clan. When Murrough O’Brien submitted to King Henry at Greenwich in 1543 the Chief Herald differenced the arms of the Earl of Thomond because the royal arms also featured gold lions. The Inchiquin arms are gold and silver.

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    malachy foots Reply:

    Henry VII may not have given the three lion crest but rather bestowed them on Murrough O’Brien with the British title of Earl of Thomond in return for him surrendering to Henry. The historial facts of this are:

    The last O’Brien to reign in Thomond was Murrough O’Brien who surrendered his sovereignty to the new Kingdom of Ireland under Henry VIII of the House of Tudor, becoming instead Earl of Thomond and maintaining a role in governance.

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  • Conor O'Brien Says:

    Well, does that post not deserve a reply?
    I can take it that the O’Brien clan is happy enough with the British coat of arms then?

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  • michael lloyd Says:

    well thats a fair comment and what does the irish one look like and why is it that we are uaing the British one someone must know of the original one and what it looks like . just asking as I would love to know moore about my O’Briens background as I am stuck and dont know were to find out more information

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    Paul O'Brien Reply:

    Thank you for chiming in Michael! Conor, I agree with Michael’s perspective; keep in mind, the Clan is a philanthropic organization dedicated to the O’Briens; it’s not as though we determine the official O’Brien standard. Ultimately, we’re a community, not governance, so I’d ask too, what does the ancient standard look like? I don’t know that will change it, the coat of arms, though controversial, is a much a part of O’Brien history as anything. It’s like debating if/how we should be using Viking influenced art and design; it has history that we either embrace or ignore.

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  • Conor O'Brien Says:

    Hi Paul, thank you for the reply,
    I’ve posted a link of our ancient standard, now you might look at it and think the one we have now looks better but it doesn’t change the fact that this was our standard (coat of arms), with you being on the O’Brien Clan committee would you not put it to them asking them what they think and maby even posting it on the Clan web site and let the O’Briens from all over the world vote on whether to change back to our own. Nothing changes the fact that this was imposed on us and with this being 1000 years after Brian Boru’s death what greater honor could we give the last Ard Rí of all Ireland!

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/t1/309258_10150989620251906_656928319_n.jpg

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  • Conor O'Brien Says:

    Brian Boru standard
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Hnbn-xGWNPc/TliNtbkckuI/AAAAAAAAAWg/eS7Rs-X-2ts/s1600/brian%2Bboru%2Bbanner.jpg

    And The Clan O’Brien badge
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/t1/315588_10200813426848663_1462878548_n.jpg

    All identical Paul! C’mon your the man on the inside get the ball rolling!

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    Paul O'Brien Reply:

    Conor, we’ve had an extensive discussion and I’m reminded of the history of the Coat of Arms and the fact that coat is not that which the British gave us but that which was proposed by Murrough O’Brien in the early 1600s (if I have my facts straight).

    Before my time, the clan wrote up the history:
    http://obrienclan.com/the-obrien-family-coat-of-arms

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  • Malachy Foots Says:

    Hi, In agreement with Conor O’Brien:
    Given that next year is planned in Ireland events to mark the 1000th anniversary of Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf – I feel this should be the defining moment for the Clan O’Brien to draw direct lineage from the Brian Boru standard rather than placing the O’Briens within the British heraldic system which is of much later vintage than the battle flag and standards the High King of Ireland fought under.
    It is to the eternal disappointment of the Irish race, and should include the disappointment of every O’Brien that the idea of uniting the warring chieftains of Ireland into one united Irish state died wih Brian at Clontarf. The Norman invasion and the events that came after Brian’s death may have had a different outcome with a truly Brian Boru united Ireland force. Sadly history tells a different story, a story I feel is only perpetuated by the O’Brien Clan usage of the British inspired heraldic standard – Raise your Banners high for Ireland – Raise the Brian Boru standard now. Erin Abu, Brian Abu.

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  • Conor O'Brien Says:

    Given that the claim to be leader of the O’Brien Clan is used by a person whose title and loyalty was to British King Henry V111. It must follow, as surely as day and night, that the O’Brien Clan by using the Heraldic Crest and titles given to them by Henry VIII at Grenwich in London on 1st July 1543, which is seen historically from an English point of view a great honor, but to the Irish, Clan and Gaelic Order defeat and surrender, is a diminishing of the Brian Boru origin of the Clan.
    In acceptance of an English given Heraldic Crest and The O’Brien, Prince of Thomond, Chief of the Name, The 18th Baron Inchiquin, in the person of Conor Myles John O’Brien born in Surrey, England on 17th July 1943, Clan O’Brien in using Henry VIII’s three lion crest is perpetuating the opposite to that which Brian Boru was working towards – uniting Ireland as one Kingdom to end foreign rule in Ireland.
    As one of the stated aims of Clan O’Brien is to protect our heritage, let us free ourselves from Anglicization of the Clan at Grenwich in 1543 and replace the Henry VIII three lion crest with the Brian Boru crest of a strong right arm with sword crest.

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  • megan obrien Says:

    Agreeing with mr foots and mr c obrien, while i agree that all aspects of the historical journey of the standard should be respected i think that the 1000 celebrations gives the clan licence to celebrate the original ( much nicer) coat of arms. If change was allowed 400 years ago then change can come again. We do not always have to adhere to what we have been given and inflicted upon us. Now is the time to celebrate the revival of the original

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  • Conor O'Brien Says:

    Paul why did you delete your last post? I hope you didn’t get your knuckles rapped for that! Post it again, please. I’m not trying to start Clan feud but as I said before what greater honor can we give (in my eyes anyway) The greatest Irish man that ever lived ever!! Than to change our coat of arms back to our original standard or even change it to Brian Boru’s own standard!!
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Hnbn-xGWNPc/TliNtbkckuI/AAAAAAAAAWg/eS7Rs-X-2ts/s1600/brian%2Bboru%2Bbanner.jpg

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  • Larry O'Brien Ottawa-CA Says:

    1. Remember the 3 lions were inherited from the French Bryans. They were acquired when the Henry adopted his. Both of them fought in the crusades.
    2. That banner was something picked up along the way by descendants of Brian (not by him).
    3. Perhaps a new design could be “twigged” to accommodate the history (Perhaps Henry’s added colours added somewhere else other than “the bottom half.” Perhaps the celtic “lions” could return with a sense of humour…
    A Canadian Point of View.

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  • John O'Brien Says:

    Having seen the Irish Independent’s Brian Boru insertion in last Saturdays Newspaper, I find it hard to believe that a so called “Lord” of Inchiquin, a title given by a foreign country that annexed our own, has the unbelievable audacity to say that they are trying to get back from Rome the crown of Brian Boru.

    You and your family gave up the right to this crown the day you kneeled before a foreign king and took their titles.

    Your famous Ancestor would be turning in his grave as to the cowardice that was shown in doing so. He never fled, or fought for another army but died for his country. He is the hero, you are nothing!!!!

    An True Ancestor and a real Irish O’Brien

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    Conor O'Brien Reply:

    I couldn’t agree more John!! Eaton educated English born O’Brien clan leader you couldn’t make it up.

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    Moira O'Brien Reply:

    Conor Myles O’Brien is as Irish as you are Conor – he just happened not to have been born or educated in Ireland. His titles are Irish, not English. They were given to his ancestors by the English King, true, but as King of Ireland.

    The man should be judged on his actions, not on the accident of his birth. The present clan chief has worked tirelessly for the clan for no recompense for any of the not inconsiderable expenses he has undertaken. Perhaps you should consider making a donation to the Clan Foundation rather than criticising those who give up their time to run the organisation.

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  • Malachy Foots Says:

    Maybe it is time for a true Irish O’Brien without British titles is elected by a voting system on this site. As long as a British titled person is deemed clan leader muddies the waters of history as to what Brian Boru wanted to achieve and that was an Ireland without British endorsements or titles.

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