Limerick’s Hunt Museum to host retelling of Boru’s exploits at Clontarf

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Tales of the Gael will perform at the Hunt Museum this Saturday
THE Hunt Museum is to host a retelling of the events when Brian Boru faced a Viking force at the Battle of Clontarf this weekend.

THE Hunt Museum is to host a retelling of the events when Brian Boru faced a Viking force at the Battle of Clontarf this weekend.

This Saturday night at 7pm, a dinner, music and story focusing on the famous events of 1,000 years ago this April will be told.

While every schoolchild has heard of the former High King of Munster, the events leading up to Good Friday, April 23, 1014, or his life and times are not as well known.

The event – entitled Feasting with Royals – aims to address this. The music will be provided by Tale of the Gael, a mix of traditional and classical musicians who have represented Ireland abroad on a number of occasions, including the opening of Ireland’s presidency of the European Parliament.

The evening will unfold in typical royal style, as music and story are presented with dinner in the Hunt Museum.

Brian Boru has long been associated with an ancient harp housed in Trinity College, Dublin.

It was believed for centuries the instrument belonged to him.

However, later studies revealed that this could not have possibly been the case, as the King is about four centuries older than the harp.

Nonetheless, Clare man Paul Dooley will play ancient harp music on a replica of the piece.

There will also be performances from Limerick piper Mickey Dunne, Sligo harpist Catherine Rhatigan and classical flautist Robert Tobin.

The performance has already taken place before audiences in France and Switzerland earlier this year.

Tapping into the rich landscape of Ireland’s music in it’s many forms, Tale of the Gael present the Brian Boru saga in a weave which stretches back to the opening years of the 11th century, medieval Dublin, and the web of Hiberno-Norse relationships at the time.

Tickets are priced at €20 without a meal, or €30 with.

For more information and to buy tickets, you can contact Helen O’Donnell at the Hunt Museum on 061-312662, or by mobile at 087-1379908.