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FESTIVAL ARMAGH

22 April - 4 May 2014 www.brianborumillennium.ie | www.armagh.co.uk


Brian Ború Festival Armagh 2014 marks the millennium anniversary since the death of Ireland’s High King, Brian Ború, who was killed during the Battle of Clontarf on Good Friday 1014.

To commemorate the millennium anniversary a series of events, to suit all ages, will take place across Armagh City from Tuesday 22nd April to Sunday 4th May.

It is in the Ecclesiastical capital of Armagh that Brian Ború was laid to rest, as he wished, and his tomb is located in the Church of Ireland Cathedral. He visited the City in 1004, where he left an offering of gold upon the Cathedral altar and acknowledged the ecclesiastical supremacy of Armagh. During his visit, Brian’s name was inscribed in the Book of Armagh as ‘Emperor of the Irish’.

Festival Overview: Tues 22 April

The Bóroimhe Suite

Saint Patrick’s CoI Cathedral

Wed 23 April

The Arrival of Brian Ború

Navan Centre & Fort

Thurs 24 April

Viking Longboats

Loughgall Country Park

Sun 27 April

Ecumenical Service of Commemoration

Saint Patrick’s CoI Cathedral

Thurs 1 & Fri 2 May

The Waking of Brian Ború

Saint Patrick’s CoI Cathedral

Sat 3 & Sun 4 May

Viking Tented Village

The Mall, Armagh City

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“An exciting and authentic event bringing the past to life with a variety of activities for all the family to enjoy”

Festival Highlight The Arrival of Brian Ború [Re-enactment Event] Wed 23 April | 11.30am - 4.30pm | Free | Navan Centre & Fort Join us at Navan Fort as re-enactors demonstrate the arrival of Brian Ború’s party in Armagh, hours after his death at the Battle of Clontarf. ‘The Arrival of Brian Ború’ is a historical re-enactment revealing how an advanced party of warriors left Clontarf to make arrangements for the arrival of Brian’s body in Armagh. Fully armoured and having just returned from battle, meet the warriors who have been sent to Armagh to announce Brian’s death and make arrangements for his twelve day wake and subsequent burial.

The re-enactors will be demonstrating daily life in Medieval Ireland with a range of crafts for visitors to enjoy:

Storytelling

Hear tales from the battlefield as the warriors provide you with their own version of events from the Battle of Clontarf.

Scale Model

Find out what Dublin looked like in 1014 with a fascinating scale model of the Battle of Clontarf. The re-enactors will point out key areas in the battlefield and provide an insight into the battle.

Blacksmith

Step back in time and learn this everyday craft of blacksmithing.

Cooking

Learn about the ancient cooking methods with camp fire cooking.

Monier

View the special displays of medieval monier and learn the craft of coin making.

For further information contact Armagh Visitor Information Centre on +44 [0]28 3752 1800 | www.armagh.co.uk


Other Events

The Bóroimhe Suite [Concert]

Viking Longboats [Family Event]

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann has commissioned composer Michael Rooney to write a suite of music reflecting the life of Brian Ború. The Suite will be performed in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral - Brian Ború’s final resting place - by the National Folk Orchestra Ireland. The Orchestra, which will include both traditional and classical musicians, will be made up of the leading young musicians from around the country and will be augmented by dancers, singers and actors.

Enjoy a family fun day out as an invasion of Viking Longboats arrive at Loughgall Country Park. Authentic Vikings will be launching their longboats onto the lake so that visitors can immerse themselves in the Viking world.

Tues 22 April | 8.30pm | £15.00 Saint Patrick’s CoI Cathedral

Tickets available at www.marketplacearmagh.com or contact Box Office on +44 [0] 28 3752 1821

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Thurs 24 April | 11.00am - 4.00pm | Free Loughgall Country Park

Family activities on the day include rowing and sailing sessions, Viking talk, weapon training, mock battles for children and other family fun activities.


Other Events

Ecumenical Service of Commemoration [Church Service] Sun 27 April | 3.15pm | Free Saint Patrick’s CoI Cathedral

An Ecumenical service, based on the Anglican service of Choral Evensong, will be held in Saint Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral to commemorate the burial of Brian Ború in Armagh and to pray for the Ireland of today and tomorrow. The preacher will be the Abbot of Glenstal (Co. Limerick), Mark Patrick Hederman, OSB. Admission to this event is by ticket only. Tickets are free with a retiring collection. For ticket information contact admin@armaghpubliclibrary.co.uk

The Waking of Brian Ború [Community Performance] Thurs 1 & Fri 2 May | 7.30pm | Free Saint Patrick’s COI Cathedral

‘The Waking of Brian Ború’ is a community project involving adults and children from the Armagh area. The project stems from a wish to offer local people of all ages in Armagh an opportunity to reflect upon and engage with the one thousandth year anniversary of Brian Ború’s death, by creating a community inspired performance on the hill at the Church of Ireland Cathedral in Armagh. Admission to this event is by ticket only. Tickets are free with a retiring collection. Tickets available at www.marketplacearmagh.com or contact Box Office on +44 [0] 29 3752 1821.

For further information contact Armagh Visitor Information Centre on +44 [0]28 3752 1800 | www.armagh.co.uk


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Not to be missed... Falconry displays 1.00pm & 4.00pm daily

The story of Brian Ború 1.30pm daily

Children’s story-telling 2.30pm & 3.30pm daily

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FESTIVAL dates Killaloe Ballina, County Clare

1 January - 31 December 2014 t: 00353 656 846 222

CasHel, County Tipperary 24 April - 27 April 2014 t: 00353 526 187 075

In 2014, there will be a national programme of events commemorating the millennium anniversary of Brian Ború and his death at The Battle of Clontarf.

Clontarf, County Dublin

3 January - 24 August 2014 t: 00353 1 2225 253

Armagh, County Armagh

These events will take place in Clare where Brian Ború was born, Tipperary where he was crowned, Dublin where he was killed and Armagh where he was laid to rest.

22 April - 4 May 2014 t: 0044 28 3752 1800

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Brian Boru Festival Armagh 22 April - 4 May 2014