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Murchad, the son of Brian Boru, High King of all Ireland, tackles a Viking at the battle of Clontarf, Dublin, 1014

"Murchad, the son of Brian Boru, High King of all Ireland, tackles a Viking at…

Battle of Clontarf. Southern Ireland 1014. A duel between Murchad (son of Brian Boru) and the Viking chieftain Sigurd.

Battle of Clontarf. Southern Ireland A duel between Murchad (son of Brian Boru) and the Viking chieftain Sigurd.

Ireland, Battle of Clontarf between the Vikings and the Irish of Brian Boru, 1014. Raffaele Caruso

Ireland, Battle of Clontarf between the Vikings and the Irish of Brian Boru, Raffaele Caruso

Galway market 1895

A wonderful photo of a Galway market scene at Spanish Arch, from MERRY…

The Lia Fail, or Stone of Destiny, located at Tara. According to legend, kings touched the stone as part of the coronation ceremony.

Lia Fáil (translation the Stone of Destiny) at the Hill of Tara, in county Meath, Ireland. Legend is that more than 100 ancient kings touched this stone as part of their coronation.

Hill of Tara, Meath, Ireland...The Holy Well at the Hill of Tara. The Hill of Tara was the ancient capital of Ireland, where the High Kings were crowned and probably the most sacred spot to Irish pagans before the arrival of Christianity

Holy Well, Hill of Tara - Meath, Ireland. The Hill of Tara was the ancient capital of Ireland, where the High Kings were crowned and probably the most sacred spot to Irish pagans before the arrival of Christianity.

"To halt the Norman onslaught the remaining independent Irish Chieftains needed a new weapon and they found it in the mercenary warriors from the Western Isles of Scotland. These Gallowglass or ‘foreign Gaels’ had served as elite warriors in the Western Isles of Scotland for over 100 years prior to their arrival in Ireland." http://www.irishorigenes.com/content/gallowglass-do-you-belong-warrior-clan

Irish rebel lord, Shane O'Neill, meets an English nobleman at the court of Queen Elizabeth

Irish Raiding Party, 5th Century AD by Richard Hook--Men like these were responsible for bringing St. Patrick to Ireland as a young man

Irish Raider, British coast, century AD - art by Richard Hook

Ancient Ireland Warriors | celtic warrior

Dark Age History: Of The Miracles of Cairnech Here

A Scottish Border Reiver horseman battles an Irish Galloglass and Kern, Ireland, c. 1576. Great image by Angus McBride

A Border Reiver horseman battles an Irish Galloglass and his Kern (Irish equivalent of a squire), Ireland, Illustration by Angus McBride

12th century Kingdom of the Isles cavalryman and infantry. Men like these could be found campaigning in Ireland. The galloglasses mercenaries who fought in Ireland came from the Isles.

Kendach ('Fortress of) and West Portage regions century Kingdom of the Isles cavalryman and infantry. Men like these could be found campaigning in Ireland. The galloglasses mercenaries who fought in Ireland came from the Isles.

"Brian Boru, Irish warlord, being shown the head of a Viking, 11th century AD", Angus McBride

"Brian Boru, Irish warlord, being shown the head of a Viking, century AD", Angus McBride

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the Battle of Brunanburh by Gerry Embleton. The Battle of Brunanburh(fought…