Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Brian Boru Millenium

Dublin will mark the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf in 2014 with several events for children and families. 

These include:-

* The largest Viking village and living history battle re-enactment ever produced in Ireland. The Battle of Clontarf Festival will have a Viking village in St Anne’s Park (Raheny). It will contain static and interactive displays of Viking life and include demonstrations of Viking Skills and Crafts such as weapons displays , storytelling, Blacksmith, Leather working, Pole Lathe, Coin Striking, Silversmith, Hnefatafl (Viking Chess), Archery Display and Viking Long Boat, Falconry Displays & Mounted Viking Displays. It will take place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th April.

· Dublinia will host the Viking Big Dig from Saturday the 12th of April to Sunday the 27th of April (2 weeks). Children will experience what it is like to be an archaeologist and find Viking treasures dating back over 1000 years. For the adults, there will also be a full size reconstruction of a Viking house within the Dublinia courtyard, showing how a Viking house was built, get involved in the build too.

· The National Botanic Gardens will be home to a Viking House and an authentic Viking Garden.

· The National Museum of Ireland (Archaeology) on Kildare Street will host several events with a Viking twist including an art competition, storytelling, musical performances, family art activities and family drop in activities.

· In Clontarf castle there will be a “See – This is How It’s Done: An appreciation and demonstration of art forms

· On the 25th May Puremagic will host a very unique weekend at the beach for the 8th annual Battle for the Bay Dublin Kitesurfing and SUPing Competition on Dollymount Beach. This year there will be a special Battle of Clontarf theme to the event which includes paddle boarding competitions, kids kite competitions, live music, food village & BBQ, kids zone and funfair. All ages are welcome and free entry for the young and old!

· Clontarf will be host to the Clontarf Viking Festival – dates TBC.

· On the 24th May in Fairview Park, to mark the millennium anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf, A Lark in the Park will be a family fun-day and festival and it will have a Viking and Brian Ború theme. There will be bouncy castles, face painting, stalls from local businesses, sports, music and more.

· Dublin City Public Libraries will commemorate the Battle of Clontarf by presenting an interactive history show for families & children 8+ with Irish History Live – The Museum That Comes To You. The show will ask questions like - Who was Brian Boru? Why did he want to go into battle with the king of Dublin? How was the battle fought? What were the results? Did Brian become the king or did treachery play its part? Participants will find out by dressing up as the king himself and by trying out real weapons, swords, spears, bows, shields and axes. www.irishhistorylive.com. Family Shows after school and during the Easter Holidays will run as follows:-

* Monday 7th April at 3.30pm – Coolock Library
* Tuesday 8th April at 3.30pm – Donaghmede Library
* Wednesday 9th April at 3.30pm – Central Library
* Thursday 10th April at 3.30pm – Walkinstown Library 
* Thursday 24th April 2014 at 11am – Raheny Library
* Thursday 24th April 2014 at 1pm – Raheny Library
* Thursday 24th April 2014 at 3pm – Phibsboro’ Library 

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