Brian Boru 2014August 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!)
Brian Ború (Middle Irish: Brian Bóruma, Irish: Brian Bóroimhe) Mac Cennétig (c. 941–23 April 1014), was born at Kincora, Killaloe, a town in the region of Tuadmumu (Thomond), the son of Cennetig (Cennedi) and Babhion or Bebinn. Members of the Dál gCais (or Dalcassians) tribe, the family had an ancient royal ancestry. The youngest of twelve sons, Brian would become the 175th King of Ireland, the founder of the O’Brien dynasty and the ancestor of the Kings of Thomond. Brian was an excellent harp musician and the harp has become a symbol of peace and unity in Ireland in his memory.
The 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…
A few known event details
In addition to the plans of the Clan, the Killaloe/Ballina Community Project at BrianBorú2014.com is in contact with Skyfest to choose Killaloe for a fireworks display that launches the year’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Prospective sites for the display include atop Tountinna mountain in North Tipperary which the fireworks could be seen from 5 counties, Two Mile Gate outside of Killaloe on Lough Derg, or the historic bridge in Killaloe/Ballina.
A campaign is underway to make Killaloe “Honorary Capital” of Ireland for a period of time to commemorate the fact that while Brian Ború was High King of Ireland (1002-1014) and ruled from Kincora Castle, Killaloe was capital of Ireland.
More, a funeral service for Brian is to be held at Christ’s Church, a clan feast at Dublin Castle, and other events throughout Ireland to include: education, a charity walk “March of the Warriors,” music, battle re-enactments, dramas, sporting events, an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Brian Ború, and a concluding Brian Ború Ball.