Brian Boru

Brian, son of Kennedy, known as Boruma or Boru, ancestor of the family of O'Brien, was the great Irish king of the Dal Cais dynasty who at the end of the tenth century took the High Kingship of Ireland, and nearly managed to unite the whole island into a lasting kingdom. The story of Brian, his subtle politics, broad vision, and the complex relationship with the Viking Norsemen both in Ireland and across their wide empire on the northern seas, is recounted in the 'Brian Boru' chapter of the first book of Rutherfurd's Irish saga.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Lost Island. About 1,000 feet south of the Rockaway shores, off the coast of Queens in New York City, a one mile long island which I make mention of in NEW YORK – called Hog Island - had by the late nineteenth century became a favourite getaway “back room business” gathering spot for some of the city’s most powerful Tamany Hall politicians, and even attracted beach resort businesses and developers. But following the infamous Hurricane of 1893, which made landfall in New York City in August of that year, the island all but disappeared under the sea, and was lost entirely by 1902. Almost a century later, following two particularly devastating storms, hundreds of artifacts from the late nineteenth century washed up on the shores of southern Long Island, believed to have come from Hog Island.




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