Brian Boru invasion to be recreated for Scattery festival

The Scattery Island Festival takes place on July 26 and 27
ONE of Brian Boru’s most celebrated, or infamous, escapades will be commemorated as part of the Scattery Island Festival later this month.

ONE of Brian Boru’s most celebrated, or infamous, escapades will be commemorated as part of the Scattery Island Festival later this month.

Uninhabited since the late 1970s, boats will run to the island from the Clare shore for the Scattery Island Festival on July 26 and 27.

The festival is to feature - on the 1000th anniversary of his death at Clontarf - a re-enactment the invasion of the island by Brian Boru.

Academics and historians have for many years argued whether or not Brian Boru broke sanctuary by killing on church land - Scattery Island being a monastic settlement - as he sought revenge for the murder by the Viking king Ivar of his older brother and King of Munster, Mahon.

Dr Catherine Swift, course director, Irish studies Mary Immaculate College, said the Annals of Inisfallen recorded that Brian had killed the Viking king and his two sons on Scattery.

“In an account given in the Annals of Loch Cé meanwhile, Brian sees a vision of St Senan condemning him for breaking sanctuary by killing on church land which is taken to be this incident. Whatever one’s opinion is of the manner in which the Norse king was slain, it is clear that his death paved the way for Brian to enjoy unchallenged rule over his home Province of Munster,” said Dr Swift.

The festival will also feature guided walks, lectures, music and marine activities celebrating the island’s association with St Senan, the Vikings, the Spanish Armada and later as a defence outpost for the British.

For more, visit www.brianborumillennium.ie, see Facebook (Scattery Island/Kilrush Gathering), or contact Rita McCarthy of the Scattery Island Heritage and Tourism Group on 087 9731162 or infoscattery@gmail.com.