Exhibitions and Events



The Battle of Clontarf exhibition is now open in the Academy Library. The exhibition draws on the Academy Library collections and displays manuscripts relating to Brian Boru, and variant versions of the story of the Battle, told through the centuries. Antiquarian drawings and maps of the Clontarf area are also included in the exhibition.

Exhibition open 10am to 5pm on weekdays from 4 March to 28 June 2014, except on conference days.

The exhibition will be closed from 3pm Tuesday 15 April and all day Thursday 17 April.

(Patrons, please be aware that Luas works commenced on Dawson St. on 24 Feb. The footpath remains open and there will be pedestrian access to the Academy for the duration of these works.)

The Battle of Clontarf: Library Exhibition and Lectures

Library Battle of Clontarf Logo

We have organised a series of lectures on the momentous events of 1014, Brian Boru, the Vikings in Ireland and much more, also the focus of an exhibition based on the Library collections. The exhibition will run from March until the end of June 2014.

Lectures are held in the Meeting Room of the Royal Irish Academy, 13.00-14.00 hours. All welcome. No need to book except for 22 May programme. Groups should please phone 01-6090620 in advance. Details as follows:13.00–14.00 hours. All welcome. No need to book. Groups should please phone 01-6090620 in advance. Details as follows:

Tuesday 25 Febuary  Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, MRIA, NUI Galway ‘The Vikings in Ireland: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’
Tuesday 4 March Seán Duffy, TCD ‘Winners and losers at the Battle of Clontarf’
Tuesday 11 March Colm Lennon, MRIA, NUI Maynooth ‘The Battle of Clontarf in Irish history and legend’
Tuesday 18 March Meidhbhín Ní Urdail, UCD ‘The Battle of Clontarf story in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Irish manuscripts’
Tuesday 1 April Donnchadh Ó Corráin, MRIA, UCC ‘Dál Cais, Déis, Ó Briain – changing places, changing identities’
Tuesday 8 April Stephen Harrison ‘The Battle of Clontarf: the archaeological evidence?’

We are very pleased to present two lectures, hosted respectively by the Embassies of Denmark and Norway in Ireland on Thursday 22 May, 12.00-14.00.  Click here to book

12:00-12.45  Dr Anne Pedersen, National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, ‘ Power and Politics in late Viking-Age Denmark’
12.45–13.30 Jon Vidar Sigurdsson, NUI Maynooth/University of Oslo Ireland, Norway and Iceland in the second half of the 13th century
13.30–14.00 Questions and Answers

All events are free of charge. The 22 May event must be booked in advance. Groups should contact the Library in advance of attending lectures on 22 May – please phone: 01-6090620 or email Click here to book

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