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.
The Battle of Clontarf, fought on Good Friday, 1014. Where High King Brian Boru defeated the Vikings of Dublin, Man, and the Orkneys. And where he met his death at the hands of Brodir of Man. The illustration shows Brian Boru (mounted at top) and the Irish attacking from the left and the Dublin Vikings defending on the right.
Brian Boru, Irish: Brian Bóroimhe (about 941–23 to 1014). Believed to be a redhead, he was the last great High King of Ireland and perhaps one of the country's greatest military leaders, credited with unifying the regional leaders of Ireland and free the land from the 'Danish' (Vikings). His 2nd, and famous, marriage was to Gormflaith, rumored to be a vivid redhead.