The Brian Boru Millennium Crown


Watch RTÉ Nationwide’s coverage of the crown at the crown on RTE Player.  (Broadcast 16/04/13, only available in Ireland)

The Brian Boru Millennium Crown was launched in Dublin Castle by Jimmy Deenihan on Holy Thursday, 17th April 2014. Alison McCormick, voluntary Director and founder of Jewels for Cures oversaw the production of the crown alongside a volunteer committee, which was made by Da Capo Goldsmiths. Jewels For Cures is a volunteer run initiative, which takes no renumeration or expenses.

It is a truly Irish creation. The Crown has been cast with particles of gold and silver, kindly donated by the Irish people, the Diaspora and the fellow Dynasties and Noble Stock of Europe.

Following it’s unveiling at Dublin Castle, the Brian Boru Millennium Crown did some fundraising efforts  travelling throughout Ireland and overseas as a commemoration of our High King.

See the Millennium Crown

April – May 2014 – Dublin Castle, Throne Room
August 6-10 2014 – RDS Library, Dublin Horse Show
August 13-Early September 2014 – Waterford Treasures, Bishop’s Palace, Viking Triangle, Waterford City



You are invited to donate unwanted gold jewellery, cuff links, broken chains, bracelets, engagement or wedding rings. A particle of every donors gold will be cast into the final medallion to be cast for the 1001st anniversary in April 2015

We have already received donations from:


We are delighted to have received donations from:

The O’Brien the Rt. Hon. the Lord Inchiquin 32nd direct descendant of Brian Boru.
Sir Michael Smurfit.
Lord Ffrench.


His Serene Highness Prince Albert 11 of Monaco , the son of the late Princess Grace has donated a piece to be included in the crown. His ancestor Ua Cellaig ( O’Kelly ) one of Brian Boru’s greatest allies was also slain at the Battle of Clontarf.

Who was Brian Boru?

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 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.

The plundering viking presence was defeated at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 and the remaining vikings became traders and intermarried with the native Irish, becoming more Irish than the Irish themselves.

Viking Longboat

It is important to remember that Brian Boru visited Armagh in 1005. While there, his confessor signed him as Emperor of the Irish in the Book of Armagh. This was in line with a then recently conferred description of the German Ottonian Kings.

If Brian’s advisers 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?
Funds raised will be donated directly to Cancer Clinical Research Trust, M.T.C.I. and I.C.O.R.G.

What is CCRT?

CCRT Logo LargeThe Cancer Clinical Research Trust is a registered charity which supports a cancer research program which is based in many leading Dublin institutions.

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


What is MTCI?

MTCI LogoMolecular 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


What is ICORG?

ICORG logoThe 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


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!