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?
The first MGM Lion was Irish. The iconic MGM lion, which appears before every MGM film since the studio’s birth, has been a number of different lions since the early 20th century, but the very first MGM Lion was a Dubliner! Slats, born in the Dublin Zoo in 1919, was used on every black and white MGM film between 1924 and 1928. To this day, he is the only MGM lion not to roar, though reportedly he could growl on cue.




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