We know from our history that Brian Boru was about 73 years old on Good Friday, 1014, so it was his oldest son, and not he, who led the Irish legions into the battle of Clontarf while the aging High King prayed in his tent. We further understand that Brian Boru gave a rousing address to the assembled troops from horseback, before the bloody battle, with a cross in one hand and a sword in the other. This is the moment described in the Annals of Innisfallen. Commemorate Clontarf 2014 today.
The Battle of Clontarf was a success beyond understanding, without being familiar with keeping the Faith and the love of Ireland, that has motivated Irishmen and women, warriors all like King Brian, to pick up the sword, the sling or the cross, praying for the courage to defend and liberate their island from foreign invader as they continue to do today in British Occupied Ireland.