The story of our High King.
We are coming close to April 2014, the millennium of the famous Battle of Clontarf, won by Brian Boru. To celebrate this event, a crown has been commissioned, to honour the victor over the Vikings, and raise funds for Cancer Research in Ireland.
Brian Mac Cennedi was born in 941 in Thomond, that part of northern Munster now known as County Clare. He became High King of Ireland and reigned from 1002 to 1014. He won the Battle of Clontarf on Good Friday the 24th April 1014 and was killed in the aftermath
He united the clans together under one king for the first and only time in Irish history. Schools, roads, bridges sprung up during his reign, education and art flourished under his rule. He committed to restoring monasteries, churches and libraries.
Then the king of Leinster rose in rebellion, which led to Battle of Clontarf in 1014, a battle won by Brian Boru. The plundering viking presence was defeated and the remaining vikings became traders and intermarried with the native Irish, becoming more Irish than the Irish themselves.
It is important to remember that Brian Boru visited Armagh in 1005. While there, his confessor signed him as Emperor of the Irish. This was in line with a then recently conferred description of the German Ottonian Kings.
If Brian’s advisors were aware of such continental descriptions and symbols of Royal Status at the time, would they not possibly have commissioned a Crown on the lines of those worn by his German, English and Hungarian Contemporaries?
Join us to make our vision a reality
We are approaching the Royal Houses of Europe for superfluous pieces of gold to include in the Crown, and we invite donations from Irish families and those of Irish descent across the world. A particle of Gold from every donation will be cast into the Crown. Each Contributors name will be put on a Heritage Scroll for public Display. This will remain in the fullness of time a Public Heirloom for your descendants. Each contributor will receive a PDF scroll acknowledging their contribution which can be printed out to give copies to family members.
There also is a special In Memoriam Page on the website for family members or friends who have passed away.
Crown Brian Boru
The Brian Boru Millennium Crown has been designed with the help of Dr. Pat Wallace, Viking age expert and will be cast for Good Friday 2014. Alison McCormick, voluntary Director and founder of Jewels for Cures is overseeing the production of the crown .
It will be a truly Irish creation . The Crown shall be cast with the particles of gold, donated by the Irish people, the Diaspora and the fellow Dynasties and Noble Stock of Europe Each contributor’s name will be added to a scroll for Public Display
Who are the funds going to?
Monies raised from this fundraiser will be donated to the CCRT, MTCI and ICORG
What is CCRT?
The Cancer Clinical Research Trust is a registered charity which supports a cancer research program which is based in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin City University and University College Dublin. The primary focus of our work is “translational research”, that is research which spans the laboratory and the clinic. Prior to the translational era of cancer research, there was a division between medical researchers who investigated new treatments in patients, and cancer scientists, whose work sometimes seemed to have limited relevance to the real world of cancer sufferers.
In the translational approach, all of the new treatments which are tested in patients are derived from solid scientific observations which were made in the laboratory. Similarly, information about the effects of new treatments on the patient and on their cancer is fed back to the laboratory scientists, in order to make the lab research maximally relevant to patient care.
This world-wide clinical-laboratory partnership has resulted in revolutionary new treatments for many types of cancer. Your support of CCRT enables our researchers to participate in and to contribute to the world-wide war on cancer. You can find more information about the CCRT at www.ccrt.ie
What is MTCI?
Molecular Therapeutics for Cancer Ireland (MTCI) is a multi-institutional, translationally-focused, laboratory-based, cancer research group. The cluster has an organic linkage with the All-Ireland Cooperative Oncology Research Group (ICORG) and consists of investigators from DCU, UCD, TCD and RCSI. The aim of MTCI is to develop a fully-integrated national translation cancer research programme that will benefit cancer patients in Ireland. You can find more information on the MTCI at www.mtci.ie
What is ICORG
The All-Ireland Cooperative Oncology Research Group (ICORG) is a clinical and translational trials group that has opened over 260 research protocols since its incorporation, allowing for the access of research treatments to more than 7500 Irish cancer patients. 95% of the Islands cancer treating consultants are among ICORG’s membership, ensuring that research into cancer develops at a national level across all localities. You can find out more information on ICORG at www.icorg.ie
How can you get involved?
All jewellery donated will be put to good use. Some pieces will be smelted for inclusion in the Crown while others will be sold or auctioned off in a fundraising drive, for the benefit of Cancer Research. With your tangled pieces of gold or your precious jewels help break the chain of cancer. Click here to pledge your donation now!