Brian Boru - The last great high king of Ireland

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The Norse settlers in Dublin especially ranged against Brian but were defeated at Glen Máma where the King of Leinster was captured. The King of Dublin, Sitric Silkenbeard, was soon defeated too.

In 1002 Brian demanded of his comrade Mael Sechnaill that he recognize him as King of Ireland. Mael agreed, partially because many of his own people viewed Brian as a hero who had restored Ireland to greatness after the Viking invasions. The rule of the UíNéill's was thus at an end as a non-O'Neill was proclaimed as King. The O'Neill's had been rulers for over 600 years.

He earned his name as 'Brian of the Tributes' (Brian Boru) by collecting tributes from the minor rulers of Ireland and used the monies raised to restore monasteries and libraries that had been destroyed during the invasions.

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St. Patrick's Figurine


St. Patrick's Figurine With his flowing robes, Celtic cross, and staff, this beloved patron saint of Ireland cuts a commanding figure. Imported. Polyresin. 5" tall.
 

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St Patrick's Shrine Bell Pendant A sterling silver interpretation of the venerated Irish shrine built in 1100 AD to house the bell of St. Patrick. Captivatingly engraved on four sides and accentuated with two stones of black onyx. Imported. Gift boxed. 1" bell on 18" chain.
 

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An artist's representation of Brian Boru
An artist's representation of Brian Boru