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Brian Boru Harp now in Trinity College Dublin, does not in fact date from the time of Brian, but was made in 1220 for Donnchadh Cairbre O'Brien, King of Thomond, it had thirty metal strings. Throughout its history the harp was in the possession of of many people, some of whom were kings.


Brian Boru was probably the most successful warlord king in Irish history. He is known as the last High King of Ireland and is even credited with seeing off the Vikings who had terrorised the Irish for over 200 years.


Brian Bóruma mac Cennétig (Brian Boru, High King of Ireland) is presented with the head of a slain viking. Painting by Angus McBride: